In 2007, the Centre for Science Education (CSE) at Sheffield Hallam University was engaged to evaluate the After School Science and Engineering Clubs, organised by STEMNET. CSE asked us to evaluate those schools with clubs in the South West.
A dome used as the focal point for one of the after school science and engineering clubs.
We selected three schools in Cornwall, Gloucester and The Cotswolds with whom to arrange visits. Research involved in-situ observations and interviews with both students and teachers, along with the collection of visual evidence. Our findings were used to inform case studies of best practice, which new after school clubs could then use as a model for development. We were asked to produce case studies of best practice for the After School Science and Engineering Clubs (ASSEC) programme.
The case studies produced continue to be used today by the STEM Clubs and STEM Ambassadors programmes.