STEM education refers to the curriculum focused around four disciplines including – science, technology, engineering and maths.
Early interest in STEM is important in cultivating future progression into STEM subjects in higher education. Through our programme of engagement activities at Tyndall, we are actively encouraging positive attitudes towards STEM. We have developed STEM activities for primary schools that encourage students to investigate fascinating scientific concepts such as electronics and light.
If you would like us to visit your class to facilitate one of the below workshops please submit a request here. Visits are subject to availability and are limited.
Introduction to Electronics – Paper Circuit Activity
Target audience: 10 – 12 years' old
Group size: 25 (maximum)
Description: Introduction to Electronics consists of a short 15 – 20 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute hands on activity. Students will be introduced to electricity, electronics, new terminology and key pieces that are required to make a circuit work. They will have the opportunity to create a fully functioning paper circuit card out of copper tape, a coin cell battery and a LED (Light Emitting Diode).
Target audience: ASD students 10 – 12 years' old
Group size: 10 (maximum)
Description: ‘Sensational STEM’ is a Tyndall led SFI Discover funded outreach initiative that will run during 2020. It is aimed at students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis who may otherwise find existing STEM programme settings distressing. Typical STEM events use what is exciting, loud and bright to highlight the brilliance of Science. This can induce sensory overload and upset in students with ASD.
Sensational STEM will:
Playing with Rainbows
Target audience: 4 – 7 years’ old
Group size: 20 (maximum)
Description: 'Playing with Rainbows' is an interactive workshop for infant-level students. The activities include hands-on play with colourful everyday objects such as candy and food colouring and optical elements like diffraction glasses to introduce the idea of light and matter interaction, optics and science. Class is intended to be slow-paced in mid-size groups to allow for repetitive experiments, testing own ideas and lots of questions are encouraged!
The Secret Spectrum
Target audience: 8 – 12 years’ old
Group size: 20 (maximum)
Description: 'The Secret Spectrum' is a workshop which introduces students to science through an interactive activity where they build their own ‘instrument’ and draw their own observations about the true colour of light. This workshop allows for a highly interactive hands-on classroom activity. The workshop also gives ample opportunity for Q&A in the classroom to trigger the students thinking about different types of scientists, the work they do and where they do it.