|CCITE||Creating fruitful and sustainable links between innovative organisations that are committed to improving technological education for young people.|
Cambridge Centre for Innovation
in Technological Education
CCITE is an educational consortium supported by the HJB Charitable Trust and the Hamilton Trust in Cambridge's silicon fen bringing together leading thinkers in education, industry, business, research, academia, technology and entrepreneurship to design whole-school STEM solutions to meet the current skills crisis threatening UK's economic prosperity. It has now expanded its activity both in the UK working with iSTEM clusters of schools and also with European partners in (currently) Spain, Hungary and Finland. Our most recent work is presented in: The iSTEM+ approach. The National STEM Learning web site features the latest on the iSTEM+ network: STEMNet
`iSTEM+’ (read “i-STEM Plus”) stands for `integrated STEM education including more subjects, skills and people’. It is an organisational tool to support a whole-school approach to embedding joined-up STEM education & skills in the curriculum for all learners. Such schools are called `Skilful Schools’ and they work with other partners including nearby schools, parents and employers in `iSTEM+ local clusters’ providing cross-curricular opportunities for the development of both STEM and employability skills.
Central to this is a STEM Framework consisting of 20 cross-curricular student STEM projects, investigations and problem-solving activities for each of Key Stage 2 and 3 which engage students in working in teams, supported by teachers and other mentors (older students, family, STEM ambassadors etc.). Most of these projects already exist in some form - developed by ourselves and others as can be seen in the CCITE Milestones
We have also developed an associated STEM Technology Support Framework:
See more in Projects.
CCITE supporters include the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the Association for Science Education (ASE), the British Computer Society (BCS), the Campaign for Science & Engineering (CSaE), the Centre for real-World Learning (CRL), the Computing At Schools group (CAS), the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), the Design & Technology Association (DATA), the e-Learning Foundation, the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), the Expansive education Network, FutureLab, Google, the Hamilton Trust, Hertford College Oxford, Hewlett-Packard (HP), the HJB Charitable Trust, the Ideas Foundation, the Independent Schools Association (ISA), the Mathematical Association (MA), Microsoft, the National Endowment for Education, Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD), The New Media Consortium (NMC), TechUK, the Youth Sports Trust (YST), WS Atkins and the 21st Century Learning Alliance.