For one day in February the famous Silverstone racecourse will be home to our STEAM Showcase courtesy of Big Bang near me organisers. Big Bang Fair
Open to students from Year 10 – Year 13 the event will excite students about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) via workshops, an exhibition space and the chance to talk to real-life scientists and engineers.
Pathways will be exhibiting at the Showcase and will be able to provide information on the range of courses on offer at the four universities. There will be a number of interactive activities on display including a video photo booth where students can tell us their views on Higher Education. Transport will be provided to and from target schools taking part in the event.
• Increase understanding and interest in Higher Education amongst participants
• Increase female participants’ awareness of STEM subjects in HE and pathways into STEM degrees or courses
• Raise awareness of different routes and courses at university
Invitations for schools to book onto the event will be sent in late 2017 to target schools in Leicester, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Each student who wishes to take part in the activities will need to complete a Data Consent Form for East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership (EMWPREP). This is a monitoring database that allows the universities to report NCOP activity back to HEFCE.
Pathways will provide you with copies of this form and provide guidance if required.
Further information about EMWPREP can be found here (www.emwprep.ac.uk)
As with other activities on the REACH website the STEAM Showcase is predominantly aimed at students from a widening participation (WP) background. This event is open to whole year groups, but teachers may want to select students that would benefit most from an intervention of this type, particularly young women considering studying science, maths or ICT after GCSE or A Level study.
As this event is externally funded, student eligibility is determined by the Higher Education funding Council for England (HEFCE).
If the event is oversubscribed priority will be given to students who fill one or more of the following:
• Live in an area identified as a Pathways ward (determined by home postcode)
• Be the first in their family to consider attending university
• Be in receipt of free school meals
• Be in or have spent time in local authority care
• Are a young carer
• Have a disability including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD
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