STEM club links
These resources support integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities in STEM clubs. Here are some specific links:
By looking at different circuits students will see how they relate to a practical purpose in the robot that has been made.
By exploring the way the wires connect and the order in which they connect you will be able to support engineering.
Creating a cover for the bug that hides all the wires but does not stop it moving is a good practical technology exercise in this investigation.
Students can investigate the weight of the bugs, especially any additional items added, and see if weight and size influence the way the bug moves.
This resource has been developed specifically for use within Key Stage 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) clubs to provide enrichment and extension of the curriculum. However it may also be used for teaching elements of the curriculum at KS3 and KS4 in an engaging, inspiring and memorable way.
Key Stage 3 Science
1.1. Scientific thinking
b. Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.
a. Sharing developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.
2.1. Practical and enquiry skills
b. Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace.
a. use appropriate methods, including ICT, to communicate scientific information and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues.
Range and content
3.1. Energy, electricity and forces
a. Energy can be transferred usefully, stored or dissipated, but cannot be created or destroyed.
c. Electric current in circuits can produce a variety of effects.
The curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to:
a. research, experiment, discuss and develop arguments
b. use real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science
f. use creativity and innovation in science, and appreciate their importance in enterprise
k. make links between science and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.
Key Stage 4 Science
How Science Works
1.3. Communication skills
a. recall, analyse, interpret, apply and question scientific information or ideas
c. present information, develop an argument and draw a conclusion, using scientific, technical and mathematical language, conventions and symbols and ICT tools.
Breadth of study
2.3. Energy, electricity and radiations
a. Energy transfers can be measured and their efficiency calculated, which is important in considering the economic costs and environmental effects of energy use.
b. Electrical power is readily transferred and controlled, and can be used in a range of different situations.