What is the i-STEM Programme?

What is the i-STEM programme?

This is the intentional integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and associated practices.

This approach creates a student-centred learning environment in which, for example, students apply mathematical routine in various subjects, investigate and engineer solutions to 3-D problems, and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena from a holistic perspective using their combined i-STEM skills.

Such an approach is the key factor to the success of our i-STEM programme and culminates in applied learning opportunities linked to university research and industrial application for girls by the time they reach key examination years.

Where and how is it applied?

Our bespoke provision creates an over-arching approach to the teaching and learning for all girls in the Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics. Because each subject area works in synergy with the whole group of STEM subjects, teaching key points and core knowledge are commonly known between the schemes of work.

For example, common knowledge, mathematical routines and data handling in lessons are familiar between each subject, and teachers are able to cross-reference knowledge and understanding in order to generate suitable applied examples. 

This could mean, for example, when Mathematics covers the Golden Ratio as a principle, the applied learning in the Technologies uses this to focus on design proportions.

Equally, when Physics covers electricity and resistance, this theory is subsequently applied in Design and Technology for electronic circuit design.

Our list of i-STEM project work, research projects linked to universities, IRIS based investigative work and our Partner Schools programme are extensive .