The STEM Projects series provides opportunities for students to creatively apply skills and knowledge in science, design and technology, mathematics and digital technology, whilst completing short- or long-term projects. By their very nature, these projects develop skills in communication, problem-solving, reasoning, leadership and resilience.
Each set of cards contains a range of topics linked to the science national curriculum, but their variety also allows them to be successfully incorporated into a cross-curricular approach to topic teaching. Pressures on the curriculum often mean that it is difficult to ensure breadth and coverage of design and technology. Each topic contains key learning objectives from the design and technology national curriculum and covers contemporary environmental themes such as recycling and horticulture.
Each project allows students to work creatively in small teams, using effective communication and collaboration skills, to plan, design, make and evaluate a thoughtful and innovative solution to a given task. When satisfied with their solutions, students are given a range of ways to showcase and discuss their designs, explaining how science was used throughout the project.
The projects also contain opportunities for effective use of digital technology, including movie making, presentations, scanning QR codes and desktop (Internet) research. If the projects are chosen carefully, these sets of cards are an effective way of delivering the design and technology national curriculum.