What is a STEM Club?

A STEM Club is any out-of-timetable session that gives school students the chance to explore aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

STEM Clubs tend not to be curriculum based, but can focus on specific disciplines or go across STEM subjects. A STEM Club could be about computer coding, maths puzzles, robotics, engineering, chemistry, astronomy… anything that falls within STEM subjects! Have a look at a full A- Z of STEM Clubs List.

STEM Clubs take place outside of lesson time (lunchtime or after school) and come in all shapes and sizes. Clubs take place in secondary schools and usually cater for KS3 students, but some clubs also work with KS4 and primary aged students.

The format of the club depends entirely on what suits the needs of the teachers, school and students. Activities can include practical experiments, investigations, group work, competitions, discussion and reflection, but most of all they should be fun.

Many STEM Clubs are completely individual and formulate all their own ideas for sessions and projects. Other clubs are aligned to national programmes and competitions, such as the British Science Association CREST Awards, Young Engineers or Salters’ Chemistry Club.

Impact of STEM Clubs

Through STEM Clubs, students gain practical, team work and leadership skills, their confidence and engagement in STEM increases as well as their motivation to study STEM and enter STEM careers.

STEM Clubs also bring together staff who may not usually work with each other, and improve links and integrated working between STEM departments. They can improve relations between students and teachers, and build links with local industry and employers, as well as raising the profile of STEM and the school within the local community.

For more information about the impact of STEM Clubs please see our STEM Clubs interim evaluation report.

National STEM Clubs Programme

The National STEM Clubs Programme aims to offer advice and guidance on setting up clubs, activity ideas, how to sustain your club, how to get businesses and scientists and engineers involved.

We work through regional Contract Holders based throughout the UK to offer schools locally targeted support. Contact your local Contract Holder to access local guidance on STEM Clubs.

The National STEM Clubs Programme is funded by the Department for Education, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Scottish Government.