A resource for teachers to support the introduction of business concepts and an entrepreneurial approach in their STEM teaching, developed by 'Are You Ready?' in partnership with a local STEM Coordinator.
Purpose and process
To help teachers planning to introduce an entrepreneurial approach into STEM teaching through 'learning by doing'. Teachers would read through STEM Inventors and adapt/integrate the activities and ideas into a unit of work; they might also hold a STEM-themed Day to promote STEM-related business and industry.
- Gain a better understanding of how to bring business concepts into STEM disciplines
- Develop strategies for enhancing STEM teaching through the application of entrepreneurial learning
- Develop students' entrepreneurial skills such as problem solving, and 'can do' attitudes
- Challenge students to invent something that may have commercial value.
Curricular or thematic relevance
Introduces business concepts and supports their practical application within and across STEM subjects
How to organise:
Teachers could integrate or adapt activities into a unit of work for the individual STEM subjects. Also, potential use in a STEM-themed suspended timetable day, to provide opportunities for activities that draw on a number of STEM subjects, or through extra-curricular opportunities.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Evaluation is built into the entrepreneurial process. Students can be encouraged to self-assess their learning (skills, knowledge, behaviours) and engage in peer review of activities.
Teachers could link with STEM businesses to bring mentors/industry role models into the classroom.
This resource has been developed in partnership with a regional STEM co-ordinator. In regions where there is a STEM co-ordinator, or similar, there could be scope to draw on/share examples of use in other schools and perhaps opportunities for inter-school projects and/or professional development activities
Files for download:RR-STEM Main Resource Teacher Notes.pdf / 18689kBRR-STEM Main Resource.ppt / 51494kBSTEM Inventors Intellectual Property-1.ppt / 33923kB
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Students majoring in STEM subjects love this approach! I am talking out of experience. A colleague and I, Physics and Mathematics teachers, respectively, have introduced Science related Entrepreneurship Education into our class, this year. This helps students relate what they learn in the classroom to the real word. At the same time it helps them understand that studying STEM courses does not only lead to an academic career or a lab job. Appropriately combined with Entrepreneurship Education, these courses can open numerous doors and give them endless opportunities for a successful, rewarding and profitable future in the business world.