STEM Clubs are individual to each school and there is no fixed formula for running one. There is, however, plenty of support available for those wanting to start one, and for existing club leaders who want to develop their club further.
Step by step guide
If you are thinking about starting a STEM Club for the first time, then have a look at our step by step guide to running a club. This guide takes you through the practicalities of establishing a club, such as tips on who to get involved, where to run your club and how to choose activities.
The step by step guide also contains advice on sustaining your club, making links with other schools and business, industry and academia.
We have a library of video guides which can help you get started in running a club. The videos gather together the experience of a range of clubs across the country. Video guides are presented in short chapters so that you can pick and choose which are most relevant to you.
The step by step and video guides can be used to inform the CPD for STEM Club leaders action plan.
STEM Clubs leaders team
It’s important to involve others in running your STEM Club, working as a team of STEM Club leaders helps offer support and continuity, and leaders could be other teaching staff or your technician. We have a handy section on who to involve in your STEM Club in our step by step guide.
In addition to the support from your school team and online guides, we support clubs via their regional Contract Holders.
Contract Holders offer personalised support in terms of sourcing activities, access to funding and equipment, opportunities to promote and celebrate your club as well as enhanced links with STEM businesses, industry and academia, which includes local STEM Ambassadors.
The STEM Ambassadors Programme is a UK-wide network of volunteer STEM Ambassadors – they come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but they all have in common the use of STEM skills in their working lives and a desire to help more young people fulfil their potential. They can contribute specific skills and knowledge to projects, broaden students’ understanding of STEM career options, and strengthen your school’s links with local business and universities. Talk to your Contract Holder about requesting a STEM Ambassador, or complete the online form.
If you are a STEM Ambassador wanting to get involved in a club then have a look at the STEM Ambassadors page.
Find your local Contract Holder and find out about the support available for you and your school.