Handle with care...

Prof Richard Kimbell
2011, Vol. 16, No. 1,


I’m writing this after a fantastic village bonfire night with loads of colourful and explosive entertainment. It was certainly a big thumbs-down in terms of our carbon footprint – but it was fun. Being a STEM Special Edition, it seemed appropriate to write this piece in that context.

There are obvious advantages in building integrated activities across the curriculum not least because the world outside school does not operate in disciplinary packages. A performance in the national theatre or a bonfire night firework spectacular provide ample evidence of the richness that can result from the integration of arts and sciences. So how can it be anything other than good to build a systemic integration of a chunk of the curriculum; science, technology, engineering and maths?


Science; technology; engineering; maths

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