LET'S GO! STEM TRAILS
An holistic way of looking at science, technology, engineering and maths using the local environment
Let's Go! STEM Trails provides numerous ideas for teachers to help children to discover and understand STEM concepts in primary schools, using the outdoor environment as a stimulus.
Following the success of PSTT’s 'Let’s Go! Science Trails' resource, the 29 STEM Trails in this book are also designed to enthuse, inspire and support teachers to find not only science concepts in the outdoor environment of the school grounds and locality, but focus on and link this to technology, engineering and maths, in thought-provoking ways.
The Trails, covering EYFS to upper primary level, have all been written by practising teachers, who have created this invaluable CPD resource with even more ideas to promote outdoor learning throughout your primary school.
The Trails cover biology, chemistry, physics, maths, engineering and technology and the book includes a full glossary of relevant science, technology, engineering and maths terms.
Jeannette Morgan (Author), Sue Martin (Editor), Prof. Dudley E. Shallcross (Foreword)
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During the creation of some Trails, teachers involved in the project produced additional supporting resources that were not published in the Let's Go! STEM Trails book; some are mentioned in the publication. These materials are freely available to downloaded here. They are listed in the same order as in the STEM Trails in the book:
Electricity in School (ages 7-11) [1.99MB]
Insects (ages 5-11) [1.03MB]
Speed (ages 7-11) [1.53MB]
Woodland Walking (ages 4-11) [1.17MB]
The STEM Trails cover many aspects of the maths and science curriculum and some aspects of the design technology and computing curriculum. Some Trails are location-specific and cover all STEM subjects.
The STEM Trails also provide opportunities to link to literacy. The following document contains ideas on how to link the STEM Trails to developing spoken language, reading and writing skills. They are listed in the same order as the STEM Trails in the book:
STEM TRAILS [199.92kB]
Further information about the benefits of outdoor science trails can be found in these papers.
The benefits of outdoor learning on science teaching [3.19MB]
Grimshaw et al., (2019) Journal of Emergent Science, 16, 40-45
Let's go and investigate physics outdoors at Foundation and Key Stage 1 level (4-7 year olds) [1.22MB]
Morgan et al., (2017) Journal of Emergent Science, 13, 31-25
Outdoor learning, science trails and inquiry: an introduction [362.50kB]
McCrory (2017) Journal of Emergent Science 13, 29-30
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