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About You

What is your organisation?

Organisation
Scottish Maritime Museum

Questions

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No

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

Please select one item
Ticked Yes
No
Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?
Yes, particularly the emphasis on improving the enthusiasm for STEM subjects and how this relates to 'real life' and future career (AIM1).

3. Are these success criteria right?

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Yes
Ticked No
If not, tell us what criteria we should use instead.
Yes but it would also be interesting to include if young people and their families are more enthusiastic about STEM subjects and confident in their engagement with them. This would also encourage sustainability.

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?
Yes, I think it is important to include the family setting as well as formal education. Many parents may not have experience in STEM subject themselves and may not be confident supporting their child. Community settings and family workshops are ideal for addressing this and ensuring STEM is explored and encouraged at home. I believe it is also important for employers to encourage and foster the interest and willingness to learn that employees bring with them, especially in entry level jobs, and encouraging the individual to progress.

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

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Ticked Yes
No

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?
I believe it is important to gather feedback from families and young people that are taking part in STEM activity . What they enjoy participating in, if they have knowledge gaps how they can best support their child, making parents aware of the possibilities of STEM subjects and addressing any gender bias that may occur within the family unit.

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?
Yes

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.

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Yes
Ticked No
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.
I think it is mentoring from industry professionals is vitally important for girls to maintain their involvement with STEM subjects in Secondary school. I also believe that secondary pupils mentoring and encouraging primary pupils would also be very effective. To see older girls in education, still maintaining their interest and enthusiasm for the subject, and on the way to achieving their ambitions, would be a powerful tool.

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?
Although Science Centres and festivals have been included in the strategy, museums have not been included. Scottish Maritime Museum is located in an area in the top 15% of SIMD and has around 2000 pupils visit a year, as well as many more young people and their families enjoy our holiday program and family events. We are also a founding member of Industrial Museums Scotland (IMS). All of our school workshops include a STEM element incorporated within them. We discuss and explore materials science, physics, maths, engineering and the development of technology. This is also included in interpretation of our collection with our Museum buildings. The Museum also takes part in British Science week and has developed links with our local education departments and STEM ambassadors. We feel we are in a good position to investigate the historical development of STEM subjects and their impact, as well as the realities of scientific invention. Our emphasis is very much on experiential learning and being able to experiment and investigate. We are also able to discuss STEM subjects in context during family workshops and events outside the formal education setting. We feel we are ideally placed to be involved in the delivery of the strategy within formal education, but also in the community setting.

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?
I think that the proposals are a great idea and imagine that they will go a long way to ensure the success of the strategy.

18. What other groups, organisations or people need to be involved in delivery of this strategy?

What other groups, organisations or people need to be involved in delivery of this strategy?
Museums, Industrial Museum Scotland group.

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.
Scottish Maritime Museum - In our organisation we ensure all our engagement with schools has some STEM involvement. We explore and discuss developments in science and technology within a historical framework and encourage the realisation of how these developments affect our society as a whole and individuals. We take part in British Science Week annually and have links with STEM ambassadors from industry and schools.