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Introducing primary school children to the fundamentals of STE(A)M.


FunSTEM introduces primary school children aged 9 to 12 to the fundamentals of STEM, by showing STEM-based learning as an exciting and enjoyable experience. FunSTEM aims to prevent negative perceptions of STEM and lack of self-confidence in students before these issues arise, by fostering an image of STEM as an activity that everyone can enjoy equally, whoever they are and whatever their level of ability.


Minimum of 80 participants, maximum of 200 participants.


The cost is £25 per student. The course is usually sponsored by a company, but there is the option for schools to pay using pupil equity funding if they choose.

Dates and Location

FunSTEM takes place in schools across Scotland.


The course lasts 4 weeks. During this period schools are free to be flexible in how they structure their time. EDT recommends that FunSTEM should take no longer than 10 hours to complete.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Medicine/Healthcare
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

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