As you may have heard, The School Gate SET has just held its first workshop for STEM-savvy parents! We aimed to inspire them to provide fun Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) activities for primary school children.
The Hertfordshire mums met in Hemel Hempstead for a half-day introduction led by Dr Jan Peters – a champion of diversity and inclusion in science and engineering. All are passionate about promoting science and engineering to their own children. One participant, Inbal said, “Already my 9 year old is saying she finds science boring. It doesn’t have to be like that – I want to show her how much fun it can be.”
The workshop involved practical activities for School Gate SET volunteers to consider introducing into their children’s schools. Jan Peters ran a prototype for School Gate SET in primary schools around the South Coast so she is very sensitive to the needs of busy parents:
“Some may enjoy overseeing activities for a whole class, others might only want to set up a lunchtime hands-on ‘explora-table’ for kids to drop by. Some will prefer to be organisers and bring in experienced STEM Ambassadors to lead activities. We are flexible for volunteers to work in the way that suits them and their school best!
At The School Gate SET, we also encourage parents to get in contact with national and local SET networks and bring them into schools. Primary teachers are often so overwhelmed they don’t have time to explore all the offers of exciting materials and resources out there – that’s where School Gate SET could make such a huge difference.”
Our workshops are funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s “Ingenious” awards scheme. We also aim to support parents on a career break by building their skills and contacts, encouraging them to return back to a career in SET. As a bonus, participants are offered a free online strengths assessment and coaching.
If you are interested in volunteering with us (we need parents who are engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians) please contact Helen Roberts: firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority will be given to parents/carers on a career break or working part-time, who can volunteer in school time.