I am Mr Bunn and I have recently joined Sandhill View as STEM coordinator. Firstly STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This means that I look for opportunities and initiatives that our learners can benefit from. I trained to be a teacher at The University of York where they have the national STEM centre so I had great opportunities to research STEM even before I became a teacher. I arrived in September 2016 with a huge passion for STEM initiatives, in particular I believe that getting women into STEM careers is one of the prime objectives of this century and, as such, we at Sandhill View will be doing all we can to help with this.
At Sandhill View we realise the huge positives in giving our learners as many STEM opportunities as possible. One of the primary reasons for doing this is the amazing career benefits that it can bring. There are new jobs being created every day that simply did not exist ten years ago. As the image below shows, 65% of students will be employed in jobs that did not exist ten years ago. Some of the careers that will exist include; being a 3-D printer, Nano scientists and being an armchair explorer (see links below!). By using STEM we coach our learners into being ‘problem solvers’ which all businesses require.
As well as working with our current crop of youngsters I will also be looking to increase our Academies links with local Primary Schools in order to improve our relationships with them and start giving them the life skills they will need as early as possible. It is never too early or too late to learn a new problem solving skill. Too help our older learners when it comes to moving onto further education or other post 16 options they will be invited to STEM careers evenings where they will have the opportunities to talk to STEM industries, which could open the door to an amazing career. STEM careers currently have the largest number of job openings for young people, in some places 30% more than any other career section. For this reason, we believe that STEM opportunities are a must for our learners.
Mr G Bunn
“65 Percent of today’s students will be employed in jobs that don’t exist yet.”
Stem information and courses for teenagers:
Useful ideas to get your child to enjot STEM projects: