Local families awarded John Muir Family Award (Discovery)
Posted on 16 Sep 2021
During the Covid-19 pandemic, our Family Learning Team helped over 83 pupils achieve their John Muir Family Award (Discovery) and 156 pupils to gain their Young STEM Leader award.
This fantastic achievement saw families from 13 primary and 2 secondary schools take part in the John Muir Family Award (Discovery).
The 8-week programme encouraged children and their families to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. To achieve the award young people had to do 25 hours or more of activities whichhelped them to discover, explore and do something to care for a wild place, and then share their experience with others.
Parent of a child from Fairlie Primary in Largs: “We have made the effort to research and visit local landmarks as a family – which we might not otherwise have done. Elaine (from the Family Learning Team) has been great at keeping in touch, and helping motivate everyone with positive feedback.”
The team had been supported by Tim Dreyer, STEM co-ordinator, to develop Family STEM programmes. During lockdown, the team also worked in partnership with SSERC, who trained the team to be Young STEM Leader Tutor Assessors.
This provided North Ayrshire families with the opportunity to achieve their accredited Young STEM Leader award at home. Children and young people were supported to plan and lead fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities for the family to take part in at home, along with recording completed work through an evidence log.
The Young STEM Leader Programme aims to inspire more young people to develop an interest in STEM and pursue the study of STEM subjects and relevant future pathways.
Parent of a child from Ardeer Primary School, said: “I think offering the award online is beneficial for a lot of families, including us. It was easier to do at home because it saved us a lot of time and we could use what we had around the house for activities.”
Speaking about both programmes, Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, North Ayrshire Council, said: “The global pandemic was difficult for everyone , however, despite the restrictions during lockdown, our Family Learning Team continued to deliver the John Muir Discovery Award and the Young STEM Leader award to North Ayrshire families either virtually or in small groups.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who took part and to extend my thanks to our Family Learning Team for their ongoing hard work and dedication.”
“I am delighted so many children and families engaged with the team to gain these worthwhile achievements which provide key skills on important topics from environmental awareness to encouraging more of our young people to develop an interest in STEM subjects.”