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North-east young people encouraged to get involved with STEM Leader Week

By Kyle Ritchie

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From chemistry and conservation to fashion and Formula One, young people across Scotland will be taking the lead to share their interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Young STEM Leader Week will be taking place from Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29, with activities, events and challenges to engage and inspire young people and tutor assessors.

STEM does not just mean test-tubes and Bunsen burners, but gaming, music, digital skills, design, sport, animal welfare, fashion, sustainability and almost everything in between.

The week-long celebration will champion all areas of the Young STEM Leader Programme, encourage even more centres to get involved with the programme and celebrate the successes of more than 4000 Young STEM Leaders since the programme's inception.

Each day is set around a specific theme with a mix of activities, challenges and prizes available.

Pupils can get involved with Young STEM Leader Week.
Pupils can get involved with Young STEM Leader Week.

This year, it will be exploring:

  • Monday, October 25: Challenging stereotypes, misconceptions and outdated views in STEM.
  • Tuesday, October 26: Opportunities in STEM.
  • Wednesday, October 27: STEM in Scotland (supported by Young STEM Leader Week 2021 partner Leidos).
  • Thursday, October 28: Sustainability Share.
  • Friday, October 29: STEM Leadership Showcase.

In advance of the COP 26 event in Glasgow, Young STEM Leaders are encouraged to share the ethos of Learning for Sustainability, which is embedded throughout the programme.

Thursday’s Sustainability Share will encourage YSLs to share approaches to sustainability they are taking in their schools or community groups.

Scottish Schools Education Research Centre CEO Alastair McGregor said: “It’s great to see so many young people joining the discussion and starting the programme in their centre.

“We’re proud that the Young STEM Leader Programme is enabling young people across Scotland to share the positive impact of STEM and sustainability to others.”

Young STEM Leader Programme manager Jamie Menzies said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to discover, create, inspire and lead in STEM, developing a range of personal, social and leadership skills.

"As well as improving their own STEM skills, we hope that Young STEM Leaders will engage and inspire others within their learning communities.”

To find out more about Young STEM Leader Week visit www.youngstemleader.scot/young-stem-leader-week-2021

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