Seaham High School STEM Club Award Icon Winner

Durham

Seaham High School STEM Club is comprised of a number of keen Year 7-9 students; eager to learn with a desire to coordinate change but most of all, a need to have fun. I am an NQT teacher passionate about my subject area of science, yet more passionate still for initiating a movement of understanding entwined in question among the ever curious minds of Seaham. The students never fail to amaze me, their joy and their limitless inhibition of thought and reasoning seems to know no bounds. With this highly generous grant I would coordinate with science department to order in some essential equipment, which can be used not only by STEM Club but all 1200 pupils throughout the school. We would also invest into a long term project: for example constructing a robot and using code to program the algorithms; or setting up a fruit and vegetable garden to grow sustainable and ecological food which we can then give back to the community; or anything in between. Either way it will not be my decision or my plan, it will be the plan of the numerous students of STEM Club who I direct in a laissez-faire style of teaching, observing and channeling where necessary but ultimately allowing them free-rein to be as independent a learner as possible. These students truly are our future and I believe they are worth investing in, for they will actualise change, they will make a difference, they just need to be given the chance.

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