This week’s CLPL is on Tools in School. Below is the video for the course and the codes to access the resources. I would like to introduce myself before we start.
I am Barbara Hanning one of the Primary STEM development officers (PSDO) for Falkirk Council. My working days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and I share this post with Laura McCafferty who works a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Prior to teaching I had qualified as a Product Design Engineer and I worked as a Production Engineer for a manufacturing company for 5 years. I have been a Secondary Technical teacher, teaching Design and Manufacture, Engineering Science, Graphic Communication and Practical Woodwork for 10 years now. In this time I have started and run a number of well attended and successful STEM clubs, organised Falkirk High Schools offering for STEM at the Helix and for a spell I was Acting Principal Teacher of Positive Destinations. I was really pleased and excited to take up this post in January 2020.
I think my passion for STEM has come from my Parents. When we went on family holidays there was always a saga. The holiday where everything in the apartment was broken including the washing machine and the shower curtain was too short so the bathroom flooded. My mum fixed the washing machine by removing a huge stone from the door seal and dad attached loops of string to the shower curtain to lower it. The caravan holiday we booked off season and as a result no activities were running. Dad made an obstacle course and a putting green from junk and our toys Mum taught us how to knit. Now I think about it, this is why I place importance on the value of STEM skills. I feel they are valuable life skills, the ability to solve problems in different situations, the mind-set that a barrier to success is not permanent, that learning is a constant in life. I feel very privileged now to be in a position now to help learners obtain these skills.
This week is my first online CLPL. It is an introduction to the use of woodwork tools in school. The idea is to set out what would be required to start using tools in school and demonstrate how easy it could be to achieve some simple projects. The projects all contain the vital life skill of attaching things with screws. You may have seen the pupil from Carronshore Primary School tweeting his success making a planter from the @littlelessons20 twitter tutorial https://twitter.com/Cpsmrsw/status/1257263741223211008
or the pupils from Victoria Primary School screw fixing objects to a fence to make a busy board. https://twitter.com/MrMcLeodVPS/status/1256745038698209281 .
Perfect examples of what can be achieved with these skills and how these learners are being inspired to have an interest in STEM.
To participate in this CLPL, watch the video, have a look at the twitter links above, join our team and have a look at the ‘tools in school’ resources.
If you join the team with this code then you should gain access to the Q and A and all resources associated with this session. If you are already a member of the team click here.
I am working with PSDOs across Scotland to produce a video resource to demonstrate the best use of tools and this will be added to this drive once complete. When we return to school and it is possible I would be more than willing to run staff training on tools so please get in touch about this.
To join our STEM – RAiSE Falkirk Team type the code is188td
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