Report shares six steps to successful STEM programmes
11 June 2014
An NFER evaluation of international energy company BG Group’s social investment in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education projects has identified six key ingredients shown to help create programmes with a positive impact.
The study looked at initiatives supported by BG Group between 2011-13 as part of a global push to help improve STEM skills among the future workforce, and found that they benefitted more than 30,000 school-aged children and supported the professional development of more than 1300 teachers in five different countries – including the UK.
In assessing the 20 education projects, researchers identified the following elements for STEM education providers to consider when designing activities:
establish and develop strategic partnerships
understand and adapt to national and local need and context
use strategies to effectively engage target groups
take account of key success factors for project design and delivery (e.g. including time prior to delivery for relationship building, engaging young people using interactive, contextualised and practical activities and building teachers’ capacity to deliver activities in school by including an element of teacher professional development)
employ reflective practice
devise consistent monitoring and evaluation processes.
The full report can be found on the STEM Education Learning Report web page
BG Group’s website for more information about the company’s STEM programme.