October 17, 2012
CCITE is working with companies, academics, entrepreneurs and educators to design, build and test a grass-roots, whole-school and sustainable response from schools to the worsening technological skills crisis threatening UK economic competitiveness and future well-being. Our key strategy is built around the "20-20 CCITE STEM Projects" which support half-termly, cross-curricular STEM projects for teams of pupils at each of Key Stage 2 (8-11) and Key Stage 3 (11-14). These ensure that when pupils make choices of courses and pathways at 14 they do so on the basis of a rich experience of a variety of projects and problem-solving tasks which introduce them to most of the current applications of science, technology, enginering, maths and computing which underpin our current society and on which our future will be built. Teachers supporting these projects gain a greater understanding of the roles their subjects play as well as updating their knowledge. So teaching 14-19 will benefit.
Hi, I am Adrian Oldknow, a retired academic who lives in Sussex and has a passion for STEM education in schools (ages 8-18). I have founded a Centre for Innovation in Technological Education in Cambridge (http://ccite.org).