COLYTON HOSTS HONG KONG STEM TEACHERS
Mr Lynch, Mr Cronk and the second placement teachers
Over two placements in April and May this year, the school hosted 10 teachers of STEM subjects from Hong Kong, as well as three representatives from the Government of Hong Kong Education Bureau.
The placements were part of a programme entitled “iJourney”, offered to STEM teachers in Hong Kong by their government to visit one of three countries: Finland, Australia and the UK, to learn about how STEM provision is being offered so that they can share their findings on their return, with the aim of improving STEM provision in Hong Kong.
During their placements at Colyton, organised in collaboration with the University of Exeter, the teachers were given an insight into how STEM subjects are taught here, and they learned about how we ensure students of all ages have the opportunity to engage in high quality extra-curricular STEM activities, including VEX Robotics, The Bebras computing challenge, The Ultimate STEM Challenge, F1 in Schools, The UKMT Maths Challenge, Hands-on science outreach… to name a few.
Mr Luk and Mr Fudger after their team-teaching lesson
Their timetable included observations of lessons in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design & Technology, Mathematics and Computing, as well as team-teaching with Colyton teachers. They also had the opportunity to discuss STEM policy with Headteacher Mr Harris, visit some of the STEM clubs on offer at Colyton, and hear a talk from Mr Lynch about the range of STEM activities that we offer our students.
Mr Lynch demonstrating one of this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge Finalist projects to the visiting teachers
Mr Lynch, STEM coordinator at Colyton Grammar School, said “Having the opportunity to host teachers of STEM subjects from a country that consistently ranks in the top 10 in PISA international rankings, and usually in the top three, has been a really fantastic learning experience. We have had the opportunity to share ideas and to learn from each other. We have even been able to set up an international collaboration with a STEM club in Hong Kong, whose members recently took part in the INTEL ISEF 2018 world final – a prestigious international STEM competition. Mr Chow from the Christian and Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School and I have been in contact since the placement, and we are going to ensure that from September, our respective STEM clubs can collaborate with each other via Skype.”
Mr Lynch and Mr Chow discuss a collaboration between their STEM clubs