During 2017 Ulster University delivered All SySTEMs Go. This was a STEM Outreach Extravaganza offered to year 10 pupils from post primary schools. A range of schools across Northern Ireland were invited. 700 pupils from 17 schools attended at either the Jordanstown or Coleraine Campus. Interactive parallel sessions were delivered throughout the day and groups had the opportunity to take part in 4 sessions led by different STEM disciplines.
The main objective was to increase interest in STEM and raise aspirations to go to University. Research by Harland and McCready 2012 had indicated that educational interventions with year 10 pupils are more likely to positively impact on aspiration and engagement.
All SySTEMs Go events were evaluated and this session will share key evaluation findings. It will also disseminate the approach and lessons learned. It should appeal to those with an interest in STEM widening access and participation and educational outreach.