A Guide to Delivering Effective STEM Public Engagement


A core goal of the project is to upskill Masters, PhD students and STEM academics in their delivery of public engagement activities. To achieve this, two workshops have been developed and delivered twice at the University of Bristol to scores of attendees. A key resource underpinning these workshops has been the development of a Guide to Delivering Effective STEM Public Engagement. Produced by Lighting Up Learning Ltd, the guide (which can be downloaded below) draws upon experience from the project and focuses on enhancing understanding of principles of pedagogy and practice from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3. The guide includes sections on:

  • Policy and practice with reference to engaging young people and supporting teaching within STEM subjects
  • A brief introduction to whole school and classroom practice from Early Years & Foundation Stage through to Year Six
  • A short account of how the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol is building capacity to lead effective public engagement activities
  • A summary of how Higher Education Institutions may develop Public Engagement activities
As mentioned, the guide below underpins two workshops that have been designed and delivered to upskill STEM practitioners in designing and delivering public engagement activities for key stages 1 to 3 students. The first workshop demystifies the primary school phase through: an overview of the national curriculum; consideration of the 'perfect' learning experience for pupils; discussion of key pedagogies and finally, various skills for engaging active learning. The second workshop encourage attendees to apply what they have learnt in the first to the planning and development of their own public engagement activity. Advice is given on both the key messages that academics should bear in mind when developing activities and effective session structures. If you have any questions about the guide or workshops, or would simply like to find out more, please contact Nic Garrick at Lighting Up Learning Ltd.