Academic school clubs can have a great impact on students. Just like their athletic counterparts, academic coaches are influential in the character development of their students and provide them with opportunities to grow in leadership. Additionally, they provide an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how school learning applies in real-world settings.
Dave Fowler at Heppner High School advises two STEM Clubs, TSA (Technology Student Association) and VEX Robotics. Starting a STEM Club takes a bit of work but has a huge payoff for students. Some of those positive aspects include networking with other schools, extending learning beyond the classroom, and experience with fundraising and community service projects. These clubs also fill a need for “other” kids who aren’t involved in typical sports. Mr. Fowler makes advising these clubs more manageable by integrating some of the activities into the classroom. When asked what is the payout for students to prepare for real work? “Problem solving skills by far… and teamwork.”
In the spirit of making it easier for teachers in our region who may be thinking of starting up a STEM club, GO-STEM has started an informational page with data on different types of clubs. Currently, there are pages for Technology (TSA, Robotics and Coding), Nature (School Gardens and Outdoor Learning) and Math (Math Counts) clubs. These extended and applied learning opportunities offer a critical piece for many students for fun, creativity, learning, leadership and inspiration.
Thinking about starting a STEM club?
Programming ideas, curriculum and support for STEM clubs is available for students of all ages. Clubs can be connected to classroom learning or be any out-of-school gathering to help students go deeper into understanding technology or nature through real applications and competitions. The links below will help you navigate the options and choose the best club for you and your students!
Need funding to get started? Look on each club information page for funding opportunities that are specific for those clubs. General possibilities for funding STEM clubs can be found in the links below.