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Mr Muzaffar Hussain

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

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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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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?
I am happy that the government is willing to inverst in all aspects of STEM.

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.
My own local authority has been very generous with supporting my STEM project to date. In fact it has grown year upon year. The SMT ( senior management team) in my education establishment have also invested in STEM and I now run an electronics course as part of the School curriculum.

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.
I run a STEM robotics club and last year my pupils were the winners (Joint) in the VEX robotics challenge, http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexedr/ . This year I have two teams ( thanks to the funding provided by my local authority namely Mr Michael Dolan) and in partnership with New Collage Lanarkshire Motherwell (Mr Michael McGuire, Ms Lisa Nicholson Mr Barry Skea and Mr Peter Ainsworth). Currently my group consists of 5 S1 pupils and 3 S3 girls. I am also very grateful for the funds that the Institute of Physics have given me this year. I can truly say that I have more than enough funding for this year.

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?
I needs it to be imbedded into the curriculum and for it to become something that pupils can gain recognition as part of academic achievement a certificate that can be used to gain accesses to further education.

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?
STEM has an impact and anything that can highlight this a priority for Scotland, I am happy with. Coding via the bbc micro bit is a good example of STEM being considered as something that is fun. Giving funding directly to education establishments would be an advantage as this would cut out the red tape issues. Ring fencing funding so that it can be used for STEM advancement in education establishments would be most welcomed.

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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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.
This is always going to difficult . It is down to the educators to promote good practice. My wife is, as I am from a BME background . My wife is an engineer and works fro the robotics company. I use this to encourage young people to consider this as a career. it would be nice to mainstream STEM in the specific subject areas and from annex on page 14 to have SQA recognition.

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?
It would be helpful to have a simplified approach to gaining funds for projects. Funds are available but if industry were encouraged to sponsor STEM clubs in their local area and more importantly sponsor clubs then STEM could be taken up by more education establishments. the Glasgow science canter is always a good place to take pupils and students.

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
I have a visit from STEM ambassador once a year. But I'm usually busy so it not very effective. Its my own fault as the Ambassador system is a link to adversity and I should do more.

16. Tell us what you think of our proposal for developing a model of collaboration between schools, colleges, universities and employers. How should we now take this forward?

Tell us what you think of our proposal for developing a model of collaboration between schools, colleges, universities and employers. How should we now take this forward?
This is already being actioned successfully as I work in partnership with New Collage Lanarkshire Motherwell to deliver the VEX Robotics challenge every year. VEX Robotics system is a platform to enrich and enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses This curriculum leverages the “coolness” of robotics, and the excitement of head to head competition to inspire and engage students. Students will walk through the design and build a mobile robot to play a sport-like game. During this process they will learn key STEM principles, and robotics concepts. At the culmination of this class, they will compete head-to-head against their peers in the classroom, or on the world stage in the VEX Robotics Competition, the largest international robotics competition for high school students. This modular and project-based curriculum teaches the design process in an engaging, hands-on manner to help teachers challenge, motivate, and inspire their students. By moving students through an actual engineering