Educate Magazine - 2021-05-01


Collaboration is key

Resources and events for schools

Throughout the pandemic All About STEM has stood out to schools across the North West as its support has been non-stop – in fact, its offered more not less! The team has created free daily resource collections for teachers and learners during lockdown and beyond and have always been the go-to-team for STEM news and resources, STEM ambassadors, STEM club support, CREST Awards, Nuffield Research Placements, careers and apprenticeships. One thing that makes All About STEM special is that the schools and organisations it works with become family – they care, it’s quality not quantity. It strives to make sure offers are fully-funded to protect school budgets, it believes that every school and learner deserves the best, it works hard to make teachers’ lives easier and it continually reaches out to team-up with like-minded inspirational organisations to create current, valuable support. This has been proven in the last six months alone, as its provision has expanded exponentially courtesy of its dedicated team and phenomenal partnerships. Take a look at its latest resources below and explore its website for more - it’s updated daily, so there’s always something new! Royal Air Force Together, All About STEM and The RAF have collaborated on numerous STEM events and celebrated and promoted The RAF 100 Youth STEM programme. To commemorate its partnership for 2021, it is launching an exciting range of Space themed STEM resources. Learners can build a lunar Base Camp, land an Egg’naut, design rockets and satellites and investigate the heat of the sun with chocolate! Insider Information: All About STEM and RAF Youth and STEM have a fantastic new competition coming soon too, don’t miss it. LCR Careers Hub All About STEM’s partnership with the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub allows it to combine its support and provide nextlevel remote teacher events in careers, apprenticeships, STEM and Gatsby Benchmarks. Choose from its fantastic online workshops - there are opportunities to meet local employers, request inspirational STEM ambassadors, create your own careers event, discover more about CREST Awards and apprenticeships and take part in its new Teachers Lounge drop-in. Shaping Futures All About STEM has worked with Shaping Futures to raise aspirations for many years via combined events, outstanding outreach and awesome activities so it’s great to be able to share its first set of printable resources. These are perfect for STEM clubs or classes as students can test technologies, make rainbow celery, create a cloud in a bottle and more. Unilever Unilever have sponsored STEM spectaculars managed by All About STEM, inspiring thousands of children and young people. It teamed-up to facilitate Unilever’s work experience offer and collaborate permanently on the hugely successful Bright Future Programme for schools. The Bright Future Aspire Project is a bespoke digital programme, co-created by Unilever, All About STEM and local teachers. It is aimed at students in Y10-13. Following successful registration on the programme, teachers are able to download video content, supporting material and teacher guides to enable them to facilitate the programme with their students in class. Students are set the challenge of developing an eco-friendly product idea which they submit online to Unilever for judging. ScottishPower Previously, ScottishPower has co-sponsored STEM events managed by All About STEM and partnered directly with them to develop renewable power workshops. Aimed at Year 5 and 6, learners looked at processes and energy sources and were inspired by building and making renewable power themselves using All About STEM’s specially-designed kits. All About STEM and ScottishPower plan to celebrate their alliance in 2021 with a whole series of new activities for schools. This promises to be a powerful partnership that will create sparks of inspiration for younger learners and light the way for older students to exciting energy careers. Michelle Dow, All About STEM, managing director said: “We love collaborating! All About STEM is known for providing teachers and learners with meaningful opportunities, resources and activities and connecting schools with businesses. We know that by joining forces with other amazing organisations and combining our skills that we can collectively offer so much more. “As a team, it is essential to us that our partners have the same passion for inspiring young people as we do and there is no doubt of that here. They are all dedicated to enthusing the next STEM generation and we are so proud to work with them. We’re always excited to work with new schools, organisations and businesses - get in touch!” An online public vote to find Liverpool City Region’s best young artists opened on Friday 16 April and continues until Sunday 9 May 2021. This year over 1100 pupils from 90 schools have entered the dot-art Schools competition and the shortlisted students from each school are now hoping for your votes to win a place in the 9th annual exhibition. The online inter-school art contest gives both Year 5 and Year 9 pupils across the Liverpool City Region and its near neighbours the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents online and have their work shown in a public exhibition. At this stage, school staff, friends, family and the general public can vote online for their favourite piece, with the top art work from each school included in the final exhibition; details of which, due to the current coronavirus restrictions, will be announced soon. dot-art Schools’ project manager Carolyn Murray said: “We’re delighted that a record - breaking number of schools managed to submit artwork this year, particularly as most of the works were created by students at home during lockdown. “We purposely don’t set a theme for the competition artwork and this year a broad range of topics are explored, including some moving entries focussing specifically on COVID-19. It is truly inspiring to see children and young people using their creativity to express themselves, especially in response to this uniquely challenging situation. Please support them by placing a vote for your favourite.” The judges have narrowed it down to their top three entries from each school ready for the public to vote for their favourite. The shortlisting panel is made up of representatives from some of the region's most respected artists and cultural institutions. This year they have welcomed new judges onto the panel: Matthew Pateman, head of creative arts at its partnership institution Edge Hill University; Kirsty Thomas, founder of Tom Pigeon design studio and The Make Bank which tackles creative poverty in schools; Amber Akaunu, artist and co-founder of multi-award winning magazine, Root-ed supporting Black, Asian, and PoC creatives; and Emma Bush, head of programmes at Curious Minds, the Arts Council England, Bridge Organisation for the North West Region. They join Sandra Penketh, responsible for National Museums Liverpool’s fine and decorative art collections, and Tony Heaton OBE, chair of Shape Arts on the judging panel. Sandra Penketh said: “I was so impressed by the quality of the young people’s art work and their wonderful creativity. It was so hard to narrow down the selection. All the young artists who submitted work are stars!” The artwork with the most votes from each participating school will win a place in the dot-art Schools 2021 exhibition. The competition’s overall winners will then be chosen by special guest judge Susan M Coles and announced at an online prize-giving ceremony and exhibition launch in June. dot-art Schools is supported by Art Council England and our new partners Edge Hill University, Faculty of Education. You can view the shortlist and vote online for your favourite artwork at Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 9 May 2021.




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