“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
From the time they start school, most children are asked this question, however the reality for today’s primary school students is that by the time they finish high school, they will be applying for jobs we haven’t dreamed of yet.
The questions for educators is, how do we prepare our students for these jobs, and in particular, how do we keep our gifted students engaged? In other words, how can we help future proof our students?
One way we can do this is in the areas of STEAM, science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
The reason STEAM programs work is because:
- Current research has identified a critical stage of education, around the early teens, when girls disengage from STEAM subjects.
- By taking part in a Residential program students get a ‘taste’ of what those subjects cover.
Benefits of a STEAM program
The STEAM program helps students by:
- Providing high ability students an intensive program of learning in areas they are most interested.
- Expanding on their interests to ensure learning is maximised.
- Providing students with hands-on experiments to challenge their minds.
The programs have a long-term impact on career choices and career success up to 30 years later.
Stuartholme School runs two Residentials run each year, one for students in Years 5 and 6, held in April and the second, in June, for students in Years 7 and 8. Spaces fill very quickly, applications will be taken from December 2017 for the 2018 Residentials.