What types of projects do we tend to see?

What types of projects do we tend to see?

Practical

These projects aim to answer a question, hypothesis or problem.

They typically contain:
  1. A question, hypothesis or problem
  2. Project aims
  3. Planning of the methodology
  4. Evidence of the results
  5. Analysis of results
  6. Conclusion

Design and Make

These projects aim to design and create a product that meets a specific aim. The scope of the project can start broad and narrow down during the project.

They typically contain:
  1. A brief, which could start broad, and narrow down
  2. Project aims
  3. Designing of a solution to a specific problem
  4. Testing, analysis, improvement and retesting of solution (at higher levels there should be multiple cycles)
  5. Analysis of final solution
  6. Conclusion

Communication

These projects aim to inform a specific audience about a topic or raise their awareness and interest in STEM.

They typically contain:
  1. An identification of the  target audience
  2. Background research of the topic and the audience
  3. Design of a form of communication
  4. Reflection and explanation of how the communication is fit for purpose, including being pitched at the correct age and level of understanding
  5. Evaluation of their communication using appropriate measures
  6. A conclusion

Research

These projects aim to provide a fresh perspective or strengthen an argument for a disputed STEM topic through data gathering and analysis.
They typically contain: 
  1. A project brief or area to investigate
  2. Project aims
  3. Plans for how data will be gathered and analysed
  4. Critical analysis of existing data
  5. A conclusion

Formats

We are actively encouraging students to be creative with the way they present their work. The usual options are reports and PowerPoints.

We would also love to see blogs, videos, reports that combine many elements of work (e.g. diagrams, hand written plans and thoughts, meeting notes)



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