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STEM Workshops and Staff CPD

11 December 2019

Prototyping and design – Reinventing the Spinner!

STEAM Workshops offers an exciting new way to motivate learners in STEM subjects. During our 2-hour workshops your learners will be tasked with reinventing the fidget spinner for a new generation; developing design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, generating annotated sketches and utilising computer aided design to model their own fidget spinner designs. Created for class sizes up to 25, these sessions will be running throughout 2020 and are ordinarily charged at £10 per learner but are being offered at a discounted rate of £5 per learner if booked before Christmas! In addition to this, the first school to book will get the full 2-hour workshop for free! These sessions are led by Phil Allan, a PGCE qualified teacher with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical design engineering. Phil has a passion for STEM and loves to communicate this to learners to develop their own enthusiasm and raise their aspirations.

If you would like to book a workshop or learn more about our other exciting sessions, please email phil@STEAMWorkshops.co.uk and include the subject “Prototyping and design”


Utilising Computer Aided Design in the Primary Classroom – You’d be surprised what you can do with just a few simple shapes.

STEAM Workshops also have an exciting opportunity for all Teachers and STEM Subject leads. As part of the Science learning partnership’s facilitator development programme, we are offering a fully funded CPD event that will boost your learners’ achievement in Design Technology. Our “Utilising Computer Aided Design in the Primary Classroom” CPD event is designed for KS2 Teachers and STEM Subject leads (particularly relevant to Design Technology). The session will give staff an overview of what CAD is and how to use basic CAD software as well as giving staff the opportunity to plan lessons that integrate CAD and think about its links with the use of other technologies. Staff will be invited to take part in practical activities and reflect on their planning, analysing SOWs to find opportunities to utilise CAD and reduce workload. By using CAD, learners open the doors to the world of more complex technologies such as 3D printing and can express themselves creatively without barriers; the use of CAD is also specifically referenced in the DFEs National Primary curriculum for KS2.

Places are strictly limited to 20 and are expected to fill quickly. We are currently inviting interested parties to register via email. To register your interest contact phil@STEAMWorkshops.co.uk and include the subject “Utilising Computer Aided Design in the Primary Classroom”. Date, time and location will be communicated via email once all places are filled but the session is planned to run in the second week of January 2020.

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