Sign In
Sign In
Register for Free

STEM Club – 11 tried & tested extra-curricular science activities, challenges and projects

What's included?

13-page PDF booklet, plus PDF posters

Key Stage

KS3, KS4


Years 7-11


Why set up a STEM Club?

A school STEM Club is a fantastic way to enthuse pupils in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

STEM Clubs let both young people and adults enjoy STEM education activities for their own sake, without being tied to the curriculum. You don’t need a lot of extra equipment or resources to run a successful STEM Club.

Great ideas for summer STEM Clubs

We’ve included a selection of STEM Club ideas in this download that will increase STEM engagement among your students.

They’ve been created by Lynn Nickerson DPhil, STEM coordinator and science inclusion mentor at Didcot Girls’ School.

The activities:

  • Are low-cost
  • Use readily available supplies
  • Can easily be adapted for use with groups of different numbers, ages and abilities

You don’t need major expertise in STEM to be able to use them, either.

STEM Club ideas booklet

In the download we explain the goal of each activity, the equipment you’ll need, what students need to do and ideas for extending the tasks.

Don’t forget to try out each activity yourself before running it with your STEM Club. This will enable you to be aware of any potential problems and give you a feel for the time and equipment needed.

An example of a fantastic STEM activity designed to boost pupils’ knowledge of STEM included in this pack is a fun pH rainbow activity. Students have to use dilute acid, alkali, water and universal indicator to make a set of solutions of every colour of the rainbow.

STEM Club activity

How these STEM workshop activities work

We’ve designed these STEM Club activities to be demonstrated by you, the teacher, at the start of your session. You can create written instructions if you wish, although these may be a barrier for some students.

Emphasise that in STEM Club everyone can have a go without worrying about making mistakes. If something doesn’t work, help students find out why and then they can try again. That’s when they are being most like a real scientist or engineer.

Doing science at school safely

We’ve designed these activities for use in STEM Clubs under the supervision of a responsible adult.

Before running an activity, always risk assess it for the particular group of young people involved and the context you’re delivering it in.

Some activities use chemicals which are low hazard when used in the amounts and at the concentrations indicated.

Prepare and dispose of any chemicals according to your setting’s guidelines.

Everyone should wear eye protection when using chemicals. Tie back long hair, remove or tuck in loose clothing and stand up. Wipe up any spills immediately and make sure everyone washes their hands at the end of the activity.

STEM posters

STEM poster for schools

Inside this download we’ve also included two STEM posters that you can print out, fill in and display around school to promote your STEM Club. There’s a colour version and a greyscale version to choose from.

STEM Club activities booklet
STEM Club – 11 tried & tested extra-curricular science activities, challenges and projects

You'll also receive regular updates from Teachwire with free lesson plans, great new teaching ideas, offers and more. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

Which sectors are you interested in?

By signing up you agree to our Terms & Conditions and privacy policy

Explore teaching packs

Pie Corbett Ultimate KS2 Fiction Collection
Fire up KS2 pupils' imagination with this collection of 16 fictional stories, written by literacy expert Pie Corbett. Each r... more
16 x resources
Pie Corbett KS2 Non-Fiction Collection
Use Pie Corbett’s non-fiction texts to inspire your KS2 pupils to get writing. Each resource contains an original text in ... more
5 x resources
Pie Corbett KS2 Poetry Collection
Inspire KS2 pupils to be creative and express themselves with this pack of Pie Corbett poetry. Each of these Pie Corbett Tal... more
6 x resources
Expert Medium-Term Science Plans for Primary
Sorting out your medium term planning for KS1 science and KS2 science? Let science experts such as Deborah Herridge and ment... more
6 x resources
Amazing Handwriting Worksheets for EYFS & KS1
Help your EYFS and KS1 pupils with their handwriting practice with these simple and eyecatching free printable handwriting w... more
21 x resources
Bumper Lesson Plan Templates Pack
Get your lesson plan done in a jiffy with this range of teacher-made printable lesson plan templates, including a 5 minute l... more
11 x resources