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Inspiring Young Minds: Stalbridge Primary School STEM Event


Stalbridge Primary School recently hosted an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event, igniting the curiosity and enthusiasm of young learners. The event, aimed at fostering interest and understanding in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), brought together students, teachers, and industry professionals for a day filled with exploration and discovery.


The event was planned and organised by Heidi Padfield - Deputy Head at Stalbridge Primary School - as part of an initiative within Dorset Local Authority to raise the outcome of girl's maths at KS2. The idea behind this event, was to use STEM to give girls the encouragement to think of themselves as mathematicians by raising their confidence and motivation and empowering them to value their ideas and opinions.  As a result, we would like to ignite a passion for STEM subjects with girls and encourage them to consider career opportunities within organisations that were represented on the day.  


Visitors were impressed by the level of innovation and enthusiasm on display, particularly from the girls, reaffirming the importance of STEM education in nurturing future leaders and innovators.


The STEM event provided an opportunity for pupils to interact with professionals working in STEM-related fields. Representatives from local companies including: Thales, Leonardo Helicopters, The Royal Navy and LEAF Education (Linking Environment and Farming) volunteered their time to share their expertise and inspire the next generation. Through engaging discussions, demonstrations and active learning opportunities, the children gained valuable insights into the wide range of career opportunities available in STEM.


Thanks to the North Dorset LAG funding, Heidi was able to offer free transport to four local Primary Schools, enabling 120 year 5 children to benefit from the range of activities on offer. The four schools were: Stalbridge Primary School, St Gregory’s Primary School, Marnhull, Gillingham Primary School and William Barnes Primary School.


The STEM event at Stalbridge Primary School was not just a one-day affair but a catalyst for ongoing exploration and learning. Everyone involved agreed that the event, was a resounding success and Heidi would like to thank all of the visiting companies and schools for their time.