How to be successful and thriving - STEM Club workshop

15 June 2020 16 PM Notre Dame High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BT


Club leaders will gain inspiration, ideas and practical tips for developing their club, as well as an understanding of the importance of STEM Clubs and an appreciation of the vital role the STEM Club leader has in supporting and enthusing students. The workshop is open to secondary schools, Sixth Form and FE colleges across England with KS3, KS4 and KS5 provision. Designed as a 2.5 hour session, the workshop includes hands on practical activities, opportunities to network and explores the following topics: 


  • consider the definition of  a ‘Thriving and Successful’ club and the STEM Clubs criteria
  • how to maintain interest with senior leadership, parents, local industry, community, students and how club leader skills can translate into the classroom
  • promoting best practice through support networks and collaboration 
  • how to enhance student engagement by creating opportunities for responsibility and looking at ways to enhance essential skills and raise careers awareness understanding the benefits of impact, student evaluation and recognition schemes and how to gather evidence
  • identifying challenges, competitions, projects and activities that engage student interest and how to plan activities, adapt projects and avoid potential pitfalls
  • adding extra benefit through trips and visitors
  • identifying funding sources and grants available nationally, regionally and locally; and exploring how to apply for grants and understand what information organisations are seeking
  • generating opportunities, ideas or projects that could produce funding
  • seeking materials and resources and how to approach local companies



By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify the key factors that make a club successful and thriving and apply them to their own club, helping to maintain the interest of students and senior management
  • enrich student engagement by identifying ways to increase student responsibility within the club and add value by developing opportunities to improve employability skills and careers knowledge
  • identify ways to gather impact evaluation data and utilise recognition schemes to provide evidence that supports the benefits a STEM Club has on students, the school and the club leader
  • enhanced understanding of potential funding streams and improved ability to write a grant application