Full STEM ahead as school lands award

Vicki Raynor and children from the popular after school STEM group carrying out an experiment.

Vicki Raynor and children from the popular after school STEM group carrying out an experiment.

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Pupils and staff at a Wallsend school are celebrating their golden success in science.

Stephenson Memorial Primary School’s work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) has led it to being awarded the nationally acclaimed gold Primary Science Quality Mark.

Students have used their skills to solve problems and make products, including a shelter for a glaciologist in Antarctica, a night light and waterproof dog coat, an electronic board game and a solar powered car.

Professionals – including marine biologists, engineers and academics – are invited in to talk about their work while the children have visited places such as museums, the Dove Marine Laboratory, DFDS Seaways, Nissan and the Aviation Centre.

Vicki Raynor, science lead teacher, said: “This focus on learning outside of the classroom is a real strength.

“We have not let location be a restriction to our Stem learning journey. We also used the technology available to us to Skype with an astronomer in Chile.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s clear that the children and teachers have great passion and excitement for science subjects.”

She added: “Science is an essential and valuable part of the curriculum, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as a way of preparing the children for a society which is developing and changing at an ever increasing rate.”