Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have a profound impact on our everyday lives. However, there is still a lack of engagement from students of all ages in these areas. STEM subjects are considered to be one of the accelerating forces for future economic growth across the UK and many UK agencies and commercial organisations have developed various initiatives, programmes and resources to encourage young people to explore and enjoy STEM activities.
In the current Covid-19 Lockdown, where most youngsters still within the school / college education system are likely to be “home educated” for some weeks to come, we thought that we would create a simple portal to share some readily available and free STEM resources.
- The new ‘Cyber Choices’ initiative which the National Crime Agency have set up with support from Cyber Security Challenge UK can be accessed from: https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyberchoices. Their CyberLand Game can be accessed directly from here: https://cybergamesuk.com/
- The NCSC and DCMS have launched a related initiative at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-virtual-cyber-school-gives-teens-chance-to-try-out-as-cyber-security-agents-from-home
- CGI have developed their “STEM from Home” scheme, comprising a number of STEM based activity packs for children aged 6 – 14. Downloadable resources for remote learning can be accessed here: https://www.cgi-group.co.uk/en-gb/corporate-social-responsibility/stem-from-home
- From Cyber Security Challenge UK Resources: https://www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/resources/students
- Details of NCSC’s Cyber First Summer courses and their Cyber Discovery Virtual Cyber School can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/education-skills/11-19-year-olds
- Raytheon UK recently launched their STEM ‘Activity Book’. You can download a copy of the booklet from here and read Dr Alex Rose-Parfitt’s explanation of why it’s important that young people are inspired to pursue STEM: STEM Activity Book
- AFCEA International has announced the publication of SIGNAL Kids. The goal of this publication is to excite young people about STEM education and to motivate them to follow a STEM learning path as early as possible. The first issue is here: https://www.signal-digital.com/signal/signal_kids_june_2020/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1590849#articleId1590849
If your organisation is also offering free to access STEM resources for school / college aged youngsters and you would like them to be shown here, please let us know.