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Dr Hannah Rudman

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1. Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?

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Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?
I would add: All of STEM is underpinned by both Mathematics... as well as by the Arts and Creativity. See: http://stemtosteam.org/ http://steam-notstem.com/

2. Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?

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3. Are these success criteria right?

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If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
I would add: All children and young people experience relevant and engaging STEM learning across all the STEM disciplines - and understand how creativity, the arts and philosophy support their development.

4. Do you think the scope of the Strategy is right? Tell us if you think it should exclude something or include anything else. For example, should it include training and development that employers provide for their workforce?

Do you think the scope of the Strategy is right? Tell us if you think it should exclude something or include anything else. For example, should it include training and development that employers provide for their workforce?
Emphasis should also focus on girls choosing university courses - many are put off STEM subjects at higher education level due the perception that they are geeky, not collaborative or creative. Despite it being statistically proven that girls studying physics at GCSE and A-level outperform boys, currently only 20 per cent of A-level students studying Physics are female. See expert comments at http://thetab.com/uk/2016/07/12/asked-expert-girls-dont-study-stem-subjects-8031

5. Give us your views on whether you think the actions already underway across the sectors on STEM fit well with the Strategy and will contribute positively to it.

Give us your views on whether you think the actions already underway across the sectors on STEM fit well with the Strategy and will contribute positively to it.
Yes, but there needs to be more discussion on STEM+Arts=STEAM.

6. Tell us about activity currently ongoing – either included in this document or not – that you think could be adapted or stopped and why.

Tell us about activity currently ongoing – either included in this document or not – that you think could be adapted or stopped and why.
Mentoring networks should also be supported. Uni students mentoring school leavers to help them consider Uni courses would be a good addition to the landscape.

7. Do you agree with the principles set out for implementation?

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8. What else should Government do to ensure a more coherent approach and maximise impact?

What else should Government do to ensure a more coherent approach and maximise impact?
Bring all the disparate efforts together and encourage them to signpost to each other - like has been achieve with social enterprise sector support in Scotland.

9. Overall, do you think this Strategy is clear and action focused? Do you think that the actions that we propose to take nationally will achieve the aims and intended outcomes?

Overall, do you think this Strategy is clear and action focused? Do you think that the actions that we propose to take nationally will achieve the aims and intended outcomes?
Probably, I do think that the STEAM discussion should be had.

10. Will this Strategy improve equity of outcomes? If not, tell us what else it should include, in particular for women and girls and other groups of people – disabled people, care leavers and minority ethnic communities.

Will this Strategy improve equity of outcomes? If not, tell us what else it should include, in particular for women and girls and other groups of people – disabled people, care leavers and minority ethnic communities.
It might. My research at Newcastle's Science Centre, the International Centre for Life is showing that encouraging creative means of enquiry is encouraging participation from these groups specifically. See http://creativescienceatlife.com

11. What could schools, colleges, universities, community learning and development, the voluntary sector, science engagement providers and museums do to support the areas for action?

What could schools, colleges, universities, community learning and development, the voluntary sector, science engagement providers and museums do to support the areas for action?
Ensure the perception of "STEM is just for geeks" is eradicated.

12. What could professional organisations and bodies and third sector organisations do to support the areas for action? This includes, in particular, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the CLD Standards Council, the teaching unions and representatives and the Learned Societies.

What could professional organisations and bodies and third sector organisations do to support the areas for action? This includes, in particular, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the CLD Standards Council, the teaching unions and representatives and the Learned Societies
Share case studies of success and failure in how to make progress.

13. What more could science centres and festivals do to complement and enhance STEM formal education, to inspire scientists of the future, and to ensure their activities support those of the Scottish Government and its agencies?

What more could science centres and festivals do to complement and enhance STEM formal education, to inspire scientists of the future, and to ensure their activities support those of the Scottish Government and its agencies?
My research at Newcastle's Science Centre, the International Centre for Life is showing that encouraging creative means of enquiry is encouraging participation from these groups specifically. See http://creativescienceatlife.com. Glasgow Science Centre are interested but don't have funds to invest, and I've just started a discussion with Dundee Science Centre. Citizen Science projects should be led by these institutions that engage with the general public in their family and leisure time, to normalise science into everyday life and chat.

15. Tell us what you think about this Improvement Framework. How can we best ensure uptake of this Framework in early years learning settings, schools and clusters?

Tell us what you think about this Improvement Framework. How can we best ensure uptake of this Framework in early years learning settings, schools and clusters?
Share case studies of success and failure in how to make progress.

17. Tell us what you think of our proposals for a Scottish STEM ambassador network. How should we now take that forward?

Tell us what you think of our proposals for a Scottish STEM ambassador network. How should we now take that forward?
Good idea.

19. Tell us about what you are doing in your organisation, establishment or community that supports the aims and priorities of this Strategy.

Tell us about what you are doing in your organisation, establishment or community that supports the aims and priorities of this Strategy.
http://creativescienceatlife.com

20. What could employers do to attract and retain more diverse STEM talent?

What could employers do to attract and retain more diverse STEM talent?
Engage with Equate Scotland!