STEMfest marks ‘dynamic learning’ at a Sheffield academy

Activity during Stemfest at Hatfield Primary Academy
Activity during Stemfest at Hatfield Primary Academy
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STEMfest, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, marked the end of a whole year’s focus on exciting learning for pupils at Sheffield’s Hatfield Academy.

Dynamic and engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering and match) projects for pupils have been designed to spark their interest in the subjects, and help them appreciate the vast range of potential careers that can result from studying them.

Throughout the year, students have taken part in special weekly lessons when industry experts have been welcomed into school as STEM ambassadors.

Companies that have been involved throughout the year include: Naylor Construction, Owen Springs, CTI and Visualised it, all of whom have demonstrated a strong commitment to deepening pupils’ understanding of STEM and the wider picture of the world of work and employability.

At the culmination of the year’s studies, pupils taking part in July’s STEMfest got involved in diverse practical activities. These ranged from racing rockets with STEM and Bloodhound Ambassador Nick Naylor, to exploring the power engines with Torston Middleton from Newburgh Engineering.

Tracy Keenan, assistant head at Hatfield, said: “At Hatfield, we creatively disrupt the traditional view of education. Our pioneering STEM programme provides a platform for aspiration and creative opportunity for our pupils, ensuring they have a wider understanding of the world around them.”

Jackie Freeborn, from Work-wise. said: “It is extremely rewarding to be involved in a programme that widens pupils’ STEM knowledge of the world while building their aspiration to be part of it.”

Companies that took part in STEMFest were: Selfix, Work-wise, Casting Technology International, Visualised It, Smile, UPSCIENCE, Newburgh Precision, Dave Mappin Racing, and UK STEM Ltd.

Involvement with activities that took place over the past year also included Airmaster, Arcoa, Bloodhound ssc, Green Fix, the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Enjunior, Chimo holdings, Casting Technology International, Keepmoat, The Cutlers Company, Magnomatics, Baylor Industries, Owen Springs, Parker, Smile, Zachrome, World of Super Heroes, Curtain Call, Dave Mappin Racing, and UK STEM Ltd.

Other projects have run alongside the curriculum timetable.

Students compiled a video about their STEM learning, and made three industry visits, to Naylor Industries, The Cutlers Company and Casting Technology International.

At the CTI visit, pupils observed their own designs being cast in aluminium, using leading edge world class technology.

Their final products were presented for all to see at STEMfest and will continue to be displayed in school.

For many students interested in STEM subjects, outside influences are an important part of their learning. Business can play a key role in educating young people, the academy believes

. Combining traditional teaching, technology and business is seen to offer a more rounded education.