My P5/4 class (8-9 year olds) at Avoch Primary School in the Highlands of Scotland have recently completed their Level 2 of the Young STEM Leader Programme (YSLP). This Scottish Government-funded programme is led by SSERC and aims to develop young role models with an interest in STEM.
Young people have the chance to inspire, lead and mentor their peers through the creation and delivery of STEM activities, events and interactions within education establishments or local community groups.
There are 4 core elements to the programme, with log book, digital badges and a final certificate:
The children of both classes got a great deal out of it. It was lovely to see the confidence and enthusiasm with which my class mentored the P1s and the bond that developed between the 2 classes.
Much of the programme is geared to providing young people with the skills needed not only for STEM careers but the leadership, inspiration, creativity and flexibility will ensure that Scotland remains a great place to work in the future.
Cath Milne, Avoch Primary School, Highlands, Scotland