Young STEM Leader Programme Information

SSERC, The Scottish Schools Education Research Centre, is leading a new programme as part of the Scottish Government STEM Education and Training Strategy. We want to make it work for youth work.

It aims to find new ways to support young people to inspire each other to get involved with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and to acknowledge what's happening already.

‘establish a new Young STEM Leaders programme to stimulate and strengthen the development of peer mentoring and inspiration in STEM for children and young people by children and young people.’ STEM Strategy for Education and Training, Scottish Government, 2017

SSERC is working in partnership with Science Centres and Festivals, STEM Ambassador Hubs and YouthLink Scotland, Young Scot and Children in Scotland to develop this project, which will;

o Develop peer STEM role models to inspire more young people to develop an interest in STEM for study of STEM subjects and future careers.

o Focus on school aged learners becoming Young STEM Leaders: building relationships where older learners will work with younger children and young people, ideally over a period of time.

o Enable young people to take part within informal education settings e.g. youth groups, science centres, science festivals and community settings AND formal education settings (Early Years Centres, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools)

The programme will feature:

Training
Training for young people – face to face and digital, about the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a Young STEM Leader.

Training for practitioners - who will have responsibility for determining that a young person is demonstrating the skills, knowledge and behaviours to be a Young STEM Leader.

Accreditation and Recognition
A non-formal accredited programme at curriculum levels 2, 3 and 4.
It will be based on a framework which identifies the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of a Young STEM Leader at each level. This programme will be accredited by a digital badge system at each level.

A formal accredited and certificated programme at SCQF Levels 4, 5 and 6.
This will be underpinned by a framework which identifies the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of a Young STEM Leader at each SCQF Level. This programme will be certificated. You do not have to be an SQA Approved Centre to offer this programme.

Progression
Those involved in the programme will be introduced to the STEM Ambassador programme as a future opportunity.
 
We would like to know your thoughts and those of the young people you are working with on a few key questions for our project to make sure it works for young people and youth workers.

The questions on the following pages ask about:
Training
Accreditation and Recognition
Communications and Branding

Please discuss these questions with young people and colleagues and fill in your responses on this survey by 17th February 2019.
 
Any questions please contact Liz Green lgreen@youthlinkscotland.org or Helen Winton Helen.Winton@sserc.scot

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