- The Intel STEM Fairs toolkit (www.stemfairstoolkit.co.uk), is launched in partnership with the British Science Association
- This online resource to help teachers spark more interest in science fairs amongst students and create their own science fairs
- The efforts come from the need to increase interest in STEM subjects, particularly in cutting-edge research and development, so that the UK has the talent it needs to thrive on the world stage
LONDON, September 15th, 2011 – Intel Corporation today launches the STEM Fairs Toolkit, a collaboration with the British Science Association to help teachers think about how they can inspire pupils by getting involved in science fairs, or by creating one for themselves. The toolkit can be found at www.stemfairstoolkit.co.uk.
Announced today at the UKTI’s Skills Showcase event at the Central Foundation Girls' School in Harley Grove, London, this new website contains descriptions, tips, online videos, interviews and links to other resources, so teachers can build up an action plan that shows real change in their schools, in particular in the attitudes and practices that will encourage involvement in these events.
Tristan Wilkinson, Director, Enterprise & Public Sector at Intel, said: “Science, technology, engineering and maths skills are key to maintaining a competitive future for the UK, and Intel is committed to supporting young people to make sure they have the right skills to succeed. STEM Fairs are a great way to stimulate young people's appetite for STEM – and also to celebrate their achievements as fledgling scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists. Ranging from a one-day event in an individual school to a massive three-day national fair such as The Big Bang, there is a STEM Fair to suit everyone.”
Science fairs are a great way of igniting interest in STEM, and are an enjoyable and rewarding group activity. They also help celebrate the success of those who have competed in competitions held at the fairs. Katherine Mathieson, Director of Education, British Science Association said, "The STEM Fairs toolkit is a pragmatic new resource that will help raise teachers' confidence about taking part in STEM Fairs. Sections range from 'Why get involved' to 'How to organise your own STEM Fair' so there is something for all teachers, whether they are brand new to STEM Fairs or have been involved for decades."
The announcement comes in the wake of widespread recognition of the need to ignite enthusiasm for STEM subjects, particularly research and development, so that UK industry has the talent it needs to thrive on the world stage. Sir Roland Jackson, Chief Executive, British Science Association said, "There is a bright future for young people who develop the skills to work in the STEM sectors. By helping teachers to get more involved in STEM initiatives such as the Intel STEM Fairs toolkit, we can open up careers in the STEM sectors to more and more young people."
The toolkit was unveiled this week as part of the closed function that was the ‘STEM in education evening’ at the British Science Festival. Katherine Mathieson, Director of Education for the British Science Association announced the partnership to over 100 STEM professionals, ambassadors and subject leaders looking for resources gathered to hear from STEMNET, ASE and the British Science Association. At the event Jonathan Barber, Access Academy Manager for the University of Leeds said that ‘it is a fantastic resource which helps spread the word and get new people into STEM fairs - it’s easy to access and can fit in with teachers’ busy schedules’.
Intel and STEM
Intel has a wide and varied recent involvement in STEM as well as a long history of supporting STEM initiatives:
- Its skoool initiative, has been helping both learners and teachers get the best out of Science and Maths subjects across all www.skoool.co.uk
- It also hosts the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair which hosts students from the UK and across the world each year: www.intel.com/education
- Intel also works with the UK Resource Centre for women in SET (UKRC) to improve the number of girls continuing with physics. A focus for 2011 has been the initiative to help train teachers on how to retain female students in this subject area: www.girlfriendlyphysics.co.uk
- Intel UK also offers a large number of internships to students in their sandwich year: www.intel.com/jobs/unitedkingdom/students/internships/
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com
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