Academy: STEM academy
Leader: Abdul M Hussain
Email ahu@buttershaw.net
Your profile To provide a challenging learning environment in the STEM subjects Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which maximises individual potential and ensures students are well-equipped to meet the challenges in the world around them. Being from a science background I understand the importance of the STEM subjects in order to increase aspirations of our students in BBEC.

At BBEC we believe that citizens of the 21st century must have a solid background in science, technology, engineering and math. With knowledge in these areas, students will be able to keep up with the rapid growth of the technological innovations happening daily. By providing our students with innovative engineering design challenges, they will learn to naturally question and solve problems. BBEC STEM Academy students will have gained different experiences in the STEM subjects so they research and investigate questions they will face in school and in their locality.

We want our academy students to be ambitious by providing opportunities for development of Leadership skills and achieving Gold Awards. We also want to Raise the profile of STEM careers, especially for girls (WISE).

Another aim of the STEM academy is to help improve the Health & Wellbeing of our students by creating a confident group of students, through challenge, resilience and engagement with STEM activities. We also want to deliver some activities that engage with other students, parents and the wider community.

Weekly provisions All activities are running on a Thursday for year 9 and 10 students. To ensure the students are not mixing they come to the sessions at different times. The year 10’s currently are preparing for the Lego robotics challenge and the year 9’s are working collaboratively with the enterprise students in producing badges for hello yellow which focuses on the health and wellbeing of our students.
Successes We have had great success with Mr Ryan and the Academy winning the Yorkshire school award for science and technology. We have also won various awards e.g. the annual Lego League challenge such as the Core Values Trophy. We have also had great success at the annual Salters Chemistry competition with our BBEC team winning the bronze award for the university challenge.