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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

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”
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
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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
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