What does CST aim to do?
The programme is designed to help address the UK’s shortage of engineers and technicians; whose skills are needed for the future. CST’s five key aims are to:
- improve perceptions of engineering amongst young people
- apply engineering in the context of specific STEM subject areas in schools
- engage with schools in areas where the social and economic status is low and increase the appeal of engineering careers amongst underserved and underrepresented groups of pupils
- create strong local networks of teachers, schools and local STEM support organisations to enhance the provision of STEM learning in schools
- improve student progression to STEM subjects post-16 and support them to make informed decisions about their future
In line with the Academy’s strategy for 2020 to 2025 ‘harnessing the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone’, CST embeds social mobility as a key aspect of the programme. It does this by engaging with more schools in regions where the social and economic status is low and the percentage of students eligible for free school meals is high. Half of the schools we work with each year at in the most deprived areas of the UK.
Celebrating 10 years of Connecting STEM Teachers
2021 marked the 10th anniversary of Connecting STEM Teachers. We have produced this booklet which provides just a glimpse of the excellent and inspiring activities that teachers across the UK have developed to engage and enthuse young people in engineering over the past 10 years.