STEM, RSASC & EPQ!
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) subject promotion continues at Alton College as we were recently one of three colleges in Hampshire to be accepted by the Royal Society Associate Schools and Colleges scheme. This is a UK network of enthusiastic teachers who share their experience and work in order to help promote excellence in science and mathematics teaching.
The application was spearheaded by Fiona Revell, Curriculum Manager for Chemistry at the College, and thanks to her hard work, Alton College is now one of only three institutions in Hampshire to be part of the scheme. The Royal Society aims to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to appreciate the value of science and to engage with it. They want ‘science for all’ to stimulate the interest of young people in science and mathematics so that people’s lives are enriched and the needs of the economy are met. Being part of the scheme gives teachers the opportunity to have their say and feed their views into the work of the Royal Society and engage with their projects and activities.
The Extended Project Qualification is another great way to engage with STEM subjects. Zoe Wands, previously at The Petersfied School studying A level Biology, Chemistry, Maths (statistics), Spanish and Extended Project Qualification: 'I did genuinely enjoy carrying out the research for my EPQ. The opportunity to choose a topic which really interests you, and to explore it in depth, is one rarely given by any other college course'. – Zoë Wands
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