Hi! I have recently started a PhD* course, and am hoping to carry out a STEM research project. My intended area of study is along the lines of “Encouraging more children – especially girls – to participate in STE(A)M subjects” (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths…but via arts and creative media).
At the time of writing (March 2020) it looks like my PhD research project about STEM might be very relevant in the coming weeks. There are lots of children at home due to the Corona Virus school closures, and I suspect that they (and their parents) will be looking for tutorials and projects to keep their minds and hands active during the ‘lockdown’ period.
Over the next couple of years I’m hoping to:
- Research and share a load of free STEM resources – especially for primary school teachers.
- Gather information from UK primary school teachers about how they deliver the subject of Design & Technology.
- Study existing links between primary schools and local ‘Maker Movement’ groups, museums, coding clubs etc…
- Research and report ‘best practice’ models of delivering STE(A)M content via the current UK National Curriculum.
*It’s officially an EdD course (Doctorate in Educational Studies), but nobody has heard of those, so it’s easier to call it a PhD. I’ll still be “Dr Kay” at the end of it 🙂