Fostering Innovation and Excellence in STEM Education
South West College (SWC) is pleased to announce the launch of the EPIC Steps to Enthuse Programme, a collaborative initiative aimed at bringing the Project Based Learning Model of EPIC to post-primary school learners in the community while integrating ICT in the classroom.
The Enthuse Partnership, led by SWC in collaboration with Pulsar NI and STEM Hub NI, and funded by the Department of Economy, seeks to empower schools to address underachievement in STEM subjects, inspire excellence in the STEM curriculum, and foster enthusiasm for STEM careers and further study.
Through this programme, SWC will work in conjunction with 6 other post-primary schools and has received valuable support worth £25,000, including the provision of a STEM Learning coach, staff training, resources, teacher placement, and the involvement of STEM volunteers through the STEM Ambassador programme. Over the course of two years, this initiative offers bespoke training for staff and students, regular progress updates, and funding for supply costs and curriculum enhancement opportunities.
The programme focuses on equipping schools to excel in IT education and will continue for another year. Working collaboratively with local post-primary schools, namely St Ciarans College Ballygawley, Drumglass High School Dungannon, St Patricks College Dungannon, and Aughnacloy College, SWC aims to instil core transferable skills using ICT in the classroom.
Tailored workshops provided within this partnership aim to enhance students' understanding and appreciation of technology while equipping them with the necessary skills for the future job market. By fostering collaborative learning, innovation, and connectedness, the EPIC Steps to Enthuse Programme seeks to improve academic outcomes for participating students.