STEM within Milton Keynes Academy
Everyone achieves at Milton Keynes Academy. We are an inclusive school where we encourage students to achieve personal, academic and vocational skills. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our vision at Milton Keynes Academy would be to deliver STEM to an outstanding quality.
What is STEM?
A STEM club is a gathering of students that meets regularly in an informal environment to work on inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. STEM clubs are of significant importance in secondary education due to the renewed emphasis on skills shortages and the need to re-balance the economy.
Through STEM clubs, students gain practical, team work and leadership skills plus 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 that 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.
What have we done in the past?
The STEM club at Milton Keynes academy has worked on various projects and with different companies throughout the last year.
Examples inlcude the rotary technology tournament, EDT Routes into STEM, marble run, FORMULA 3D and Rocket building.
What are we currently working on?
The Computing Literacy project is funded by Our MK, a crowdsourcing website for Milton Keynes, which is powered by the MK:Smart project, a city wide initiative working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data.
The project focuses on the use Raspberry Pi computers as a basis for teaching basic computer skills and getting hands on experience of computing. The initiative is running a series of workshops in Milton Keynes Academy to help teach pupils basic computer literacy skills. In doing so, pupils will be better prepared to take part in study computing as part of the national curriculum.