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Exeter Explorers

We are excited to launch our Primary outreach in the academic year 2020-21. Exeter Explorers will give Year 5 and 6 students the opportunity to explore how exciting studying a STEM subject can be. We currently offer 3 programmes to choose from. These are:

  • Discover STEM
  • Postcards (in school)
  • Maths through Art

These programmes have been designed to inspire students to realise that anybody can be a scientist and that science is a broad subject with a variety of opportunities to choose from.

Exeter Explorers: Discover STEM

Linked to the Great Science Share in June, Discover STEM is for Year 5 students to inspire and excite them about science. Delivered via two in school workshops and a Science fair around the Great Science Share, students will engage with student ambassadors, academics and researchers at the University of Exeter.
The in school sessions are focused around science research. Session 1 will introduce your students to the idea of scientific research and how to undertake it. Session 2 you have the flexibility to choose an area of science that you would like your students to conduct an experiment in. These sessions are an hour in length. This choice of subjects can be found in the list below:

1) Living things and their habitats, evolution and inheritance
2) Animals, including humans
3) Properties and changes of materials
4) Light
5) Electricity
6) Earth and Space
7) Forces
8) Computing

The final Discover STEM session takes place on-campus with a Science Fair at either our Streatham or Penryn campus, depending on school location, with the other schools that have been involved in the programme. Here the students will have the opportunity to present their research and take part in STEM workshops.
To find out more and to express and interest in taking part please contact us; clesoutreach@exeter.ac.uk

Exeter Explorers: Postcards

Allow your Year 6 students to investigate just what it is like to study science and what a university is by receiving a postcard from the University of Exeter. A student ambassador from a STEM subject will write your pupils a postcard about why they love science, what they do and what university is like.
Once you have received the postcard, there are two options for you to choose from:

1. Your students can respond to the postcard with a letter to our ambassador, asking any questions they have and telling them what they like about science. The ambassador will also respond to the questions with one more postcard. You will receive a lesson plan with curriculum links if you choose this option.
2. Invite the ambassador to your school and they will answer any questions about Science that the Year 6’s may have and lead a short experiment for them to take part in.

Exeter Explorer: Discovering Maths through Art

In this innovative workshop, your Year 5 or Year 6 students will be taught by Dr Houry Melkonian and some student ambassadors from the University of Exeter about how we can learn Maths through using Art. Both maths and art are beautifully influenced by each other that is almost inevitable to mention one in the absence of the other.

If you would like more information about this workshop, please get in touch with us: cemps-outreach@exeter.ac.uk