Science and STEM Clubs
Off the shelf resources for running extra-curricular clubs for children, with Children's University accreditation available
Aimed at teachers or other adults looking for support to introduce a science or STEM club to primary aged children, PSTT has created a number of free to download, easily-accessible club packs.
Each pack provides:
- an overview of how to run the sessions and list of all the resources required (simple, everyday materials) for 8 sessions.
- an activity sheet for each of the 8 sessions, giving the session leader guidance on organising the activities, which will include a practical challenge for the children, key facts/science and ideas for questions and further activities.
Some packs also contain a fact sheet for children to take home to encourage them to share findings with their families and take their learning further.
All activities are validated by the Children’s University and as such count towards accredited learning for any children taking part.
Created by PSTT College Fellow and Regional Mentor Kate Redhead, the Engineering Our World club introduces 8 famous scientists, engineers and artists as a springboard for group-based engineering challenges.
The Sensory Sparks club, created by PSTT College Fellow and SEN specialist teacher Julie Neil, provides activities aimed specifically towards children with special needs.
New for 2020!
A Challenge Chasers club, created by Janet Morris, provides 8 science activities presented as challenges to solve for children aged 7-11.
The Earth Explorers club, created by Kathryn Grahame, aims to develop environmental awareness through activities and is suitable for children aged 5-7.
PSTT has plans to launch additional club packs in the near future - keep an eye on our social media feeds for launch news.
You may also be interested in our Science Clubs CPD Unit which can be accessed here.
Engineering Our World
Engineering Our World resources could be an early step towards addressing the inequalities that currently exist in those who partipate in science post-16 and those who do not. You can read more about the benefits of introducing scientists' work (historical and contemporary) in the primary curriculum with regard to science capital and social justice in an article published in Science Teacher Education* (2020) - Introducing scientists to primary children: Does this always enhance children's science capital?
*We are grateful to the Association of Science Education (ASE) for making this article open access.
Engineering Our World Overview
Activity sheet - to build a bridge between two supports that will hold 50g
Activity sheet - to build a tall and stable structure
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Activity sheet - to construct a boat that will carry an object without sinking
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Leonardo Da Vinci
Activity sheet - to make a flying machine: a hoop glider
Leonardo Da Vinci
Activity sheet - to find out about things that cannot be seen
Mary Sherman Morgan
Activity sheet - to construct a balloon rocket that will travel along a string for at least a metre
Mary Sherman Morgan
Activity sheet - to use a mechanical chain reaction to make a ball roll into a basket
Activity sheet - to make an egg protector
Earth Explorers Overview
Bursting with life Activity
Create a biodegradable pot and sow wildflowers
Bursting with life Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of biodiversity for life on the Earth
Buzzing Around Activity
Create a magnetic pollinator model
Buzzing Around Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of insects as pollinators
Exploring the oceans Activity
Make a sinking diver
Exploring the oceans Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of life in the oceans
Going under ground Activity
Make a wormery
Going under ground Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of worms for healthy soils
High in the clouds Activity
Make and test paper planes
High in the clouds Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on the importance of the air
Icy Blast Activity
Free an Arctic explorer from the ice
Icy blast Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on life in the Arctic
In a spin Activity
Making a paper spinner
In a spin Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on seed dispersal
Power up Activity
Create a wind turbine
Power up Fact Sheet
Children's fact sheet on energy sources
Challenge Chasers Overview
Blooming! Activity Sheet
Use water absorption to open a paper flower.
Clean Me! Activity Sheet
Create a filtration system to clean water.
Egg Drop! Activity Sheet
Protect an egg that is dropped in the hen house.
Escape! Activity Sheet
Construct a sail boat the both floats and moves quickly across water.
Mini Hovercraft Activity Sheet
Build a hovercraft to overcome friction.
Light Maze Activity Sheet
Use mirrors to pass light through a maze.
Race! Activity Sheet
Construct a balloon-powered vehicle.
Slow the drop! Activity Sheet
Make a parachute to save a LegoTM figure.
Sensory Sparks (SEN)
Sensory Sparks Overview
SEN focus: gross motor sills, anticipation, responding to sound and movement
Catch the Worms
SEN focus: fine motor skills development, cause and effect, observing results
SEN focus: observation skills, comparative testing
It's all curtains to me!
SEN focus: exploration of materials, learning to sequence and sort
SEN focus: sensory exploration of small, showing pleasure/displeasure from a range of herbs
'Pop' goes the rocket to the Moon!
SEN focus: sequencing, following instructions, anticipation, responding to sound and movement
SEN focus: gross moto skills, anticipation, responding to sound and movement
SEN focus: simple observation skills, ordering size, introduction to measure, making predictions comparative testing
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