STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world, and indeed Universe around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is not only the basic designs of structures around us, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather, environmentally-friendly changes to our lives and also space exploration. Mathematics is everywhere. Every activity we do in our lives.
By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A BGE curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. Programs like The K'Nex Challenge, The Arichi Project, GO4SET, CREST Awards, Science Club, The Engineering Education Scheme and The Salters Festival provide opportunities to see how concepts relate to life in order to hopefully spark a passion for a future career in a STEM field. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. At senior level our partnerships with Universities and colleges allow students to experience STEM in a further and higher educational setting.
Wallace High School has a strong focus on promoting all aspects of STEM across all year groups and also works successfully with our associate primary colleagues in the community to allow all learners to access STEM. We are also keen to involve the many external organisations in the UK in our STEM initiatives. To date we have successfully worked in partnership with BAE Systems, The Engineering Development Trust, Edinburgh Airport, STEM East, Forth Valley College, Herriot-Watt Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities, Calnex Solutions, Energy Assets, Cadence Electronics and many more.