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[3rd July 2019]

150 London pupils experience hands-on, future-focused STEM challenges at Big Bang London
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A new STEM learning service to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers was showcased by Discovery Education at The Big Bang Fair in London today.

Discovery Education STEM Connect will provide teachers with exciting resources and activities to bring STEM learning to life for primary and secondary pupils in Key Stages 1 to 3. Offering enquiry-based activities, hands-on challenges and dynamic video content, the new service will help pupils to make the link between STEM subjects and real-world issues.

Based around themes from the United Nations Sustainable Goals, STEM Connect inspires pupils to explore the future challenges faced by our planet. Practical investigations show children how they can make an impact in addressing issues such as climate change and plastic pollution while shedding light on future STEM careers.

Designed to be used flexibly within timetabled lessons or in after-school STEM clubs, STEM Connect helps pupils to build valuable problem-solving skills as they develop and apply solutions to important real-world challenges. Exploring key STEM themes, it also consolidates learning in science, technology and maths, giving children a head-start in these subjects and helping them to see the interconnectedness of knowledge.

Pupils from Laurel Lane Primary School (West Drayton) with Discovery Education at The Big Bang Fair

STEM Connect was showcased at The Big Bang London, a regional fair organised by Big Bang UK, the United Kingdom’s largest celebration of STEM for young people. Held over two days at Westminster Kingsway and Newham College the event welcomed school children from across the capital, with many trying out the new STEM Connect resources for the first time. Pupils designed and built miniature wind turbines, and learned about how wind energy is harnessed for electricity.

Year 5 pupil Pedro from Laurel Lane Primary School in West Drayton said:

"It was really fun. I enjoyed building my own wind turbine and learning about renewable energy."

Susanna Goldschmidt, Head of Publishing at Discovery Education said:

"STEM education is about preparing children for what’s next. Our new STEM Connect resources will teach children about sustainability and some of the biggest challenges facing our planet, while boosting enjoyment in these subjects and sparking interest in STEM Careers. Today’s pupils are tomorrow’s scientists. We’re looking forward to working with primary schools to get them ready!"

Learn more about Discovery Education STEM Connect

About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement.

Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.