Ensuring we have enough people with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills has never been more crucial to Scotland’s economic success.
The SCDI Young Engineering and Science Clubs (YESC) team work with our members, pupils and schools right across Scotland to give young people an insight into the world of work and to plug the STEM skills gap.
Recently our education specialists have been working hard to supply teaching staff with materials to support online learning. They have just finished sending out 50 Climate Smarter Kits, using as much biodegradable packaging as possible, to schools across Scotland, thanks to support from partners Wood.
The Climate Smarter project challenges young people to research and build a model smart eco-school. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, this is scheme is proving a great success – as Thomas Wild, YESC Programme Manager remarks:
“While this is an incredibly challenging time for teachers, we are blown away by the creativity and enthusiasm we see every day. And to make sure this vital work doesn’t stop during the pandemic we have begun a consultation with our network to look at how COVID-19 has affected them and their pupils.”
This consultation is providing valuable insight, with feedback from one teacher in the network highlighting that:
“One of the main challenges we face now is that children are losing confidence both in terms of their academic skills and in terms of building relationships.”
But we believe that YESC is helping to create positive change, and so do our partner schools, with one representative saying:
“Resources like these make a massive difference – they are always high-quality and well researched – you know as a teacher they are going to be well received by the children.”