Caitlin Brown discusses the need to incorporate project-based learning approaches in order to knock down barriers to STEM learning and considers how the CREST Awards can help at primary school level

STEM disciplines are often viewed as less accessible than other subjects. Young people can inherit these inhibitions from those around them – including family members – which often, sadly, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when it comes to learning STEM subjects.

At a time when most young people are learning remotely, misconceptions around STEM become an even greater problem. It is therefore vital that pupils and parents can access STEM learning resources that not only support the delivery of the STEM primary curriculum but also make good use of methods such as project-based learning (PBL).

PBL helps to relate STEM subjects to their real-world applications, which in turn makes the subjects feel less daunting. PBL also lends itself well to cross-curricular and offline learning, both of which are useful when facing the challenges of learning science from home.

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