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Stoned? Some thoughts on industry’s support to STEM secondary education. Dr Martin Thomas Director of STEM Outreach QinetiQ. Cell regeneration – you’re not half the person you used to be!. Company regeneration – we’re not half the company we used to be!.

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Stoned some thoughts on industry s support to stem secondary education

Stoned? Some thoughts on industry’s support to STEM secondary education

Dr Martin Thomas

Director of STEM Outreach

QinetiQ


Cell regeneration you re not half the person you used to be

Cell regeneration – you’re not half the person you used to be!


Company regeneration we re not half the company we used to be

Company regeneration – we’re not half the company we used to be!

  • Companies’ public persona persists despite continual internal change

Q


What is qinetiq never heard of it

What is QinetiQ ? Never heard of it !

  • Commercial company formed from the MoD’s R&D and T&E establishments

  • Direct heritage to defence research establishments of the 1940s

  • Ultimate provenance to 1265 and the office of the “Master General of the Ordnance”


What does qinetiq do

What Does QinetiQ Do?


Marine surface environment

Marine surface environment


Land environment

Land environment


Stoned some thoughts on industry s support to stem secondary education

Air environment


Space topsat imaging satellite

Space: TopSat imaging satellite


Space astronaut training

Space: Astronaut training


Why is uk stem education important to qinetiq

Why is UK STEM education important to QinetiQ ?

  • PR tool

  • Outstanding young recruits

  • Restricted UK recruitment pool

  • Staff development for Chartership

  • Technically literate society


Stoned some thoughts on industry s support to stem secondary education

Why should industry be important to UK STEM education ?

STEM CAREERS

Customer Support

R&D

T&E

H&S

Quality

Production

OECD and OST data published in the Roberts Review of 2002


What skills does qinetiq want

What skills does QinetiQ want ?

  • Subject matter knowledge

  • Cross-cutting skills

    • Logical scientific analytical progression

    • Data collection, analysis, interpretation

    • Communication skills (written and oral)

    • Teamwork

    • Flexibility in technical focus

    • Innovation/Entrepreneurship

    • Collaboration


What skills does qinetiq want1

What skills does QinetiQ want ?

  • Competition vs. Collaboration


Where to strategically apply limited resources

Where to strategically apply limited resources ?

  • ‘Outreach’ activities

  • Perceived career prospects

  • School-based curriculum (including standard of facilities)

  • Teachers

  • Media portrayal including ‘heroes’

  • Friends & family


Should industry move up the value chain

Should industry move up the value chain ?

  • Excite and enthuse pupils

  • Support those who influence the learning experience in the classroom


How to support the influencers

How to support the ‘influencers’?

  • Top-level, national fora ?

  • Financial sponsorship vs. hands-on support vs. internet ?

  • Collaborative or independent ?

  • In-depth or widespread ?

  • Unclear route to teacher CPD: Charities vs. LEAs vs. SLCs


The beginnings of a qinetiq strategy

The beginnings of a QinetiQ strategy ?

  • In response to feedback from ‘influencers’ themselves

  • Direct to teachers, careers advisors and schools advisors & inspectors

  • Collaborative

  • Nationally renowned schemes

  • Spread across UK

  • Hands-on support + appropriate sponsorship


Qinetiq way forward

(QinetiQ) way forward ?

  • Data set case studies


Qinetiq way forward1

(QinetiQ) way forward ?

  • Distributed collaborative projects


Qinetiq way forward regional fora

(QinetiQ) way forward ?- Regional fora

  • Regional fora/events aimed at:

    • Addressing specific needs of ‘influencers’

    • Communicating requirements of industry

  • Collaborative events

  • Relationship to SLCs and Strategic Fora ?

  • Free facilities at QinetiQ sites, expert speakers, links to universities and industry


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Education and Industry both gain by ‘higher value’ collaboration

  • Industry “could do better”

  • Barriers to greater participation (situation with regard to teacher CPD)

  • Success needs collaboration and dialogue


Stoned some thoughts on industry s support to stem secondary education

Feel free to throw stones !

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