Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in Action programme, which runs in more than 40 schools throughout Nelson Mandela Bay, has extended its existing programme, with special holiday schools in Physical Science for Northern Areas learners.STEM in Action provided extra practical science sessions for Grade 10 to 12 learners from Northern Areas schools at the beginning of the year to help learners make up for lost time. These schools were closed for almost a month, sparked by last year’s poor provincial and citywide matric results, and alleged mismanagement by the provincial Department of Education. The programme organised an Autumn School in Physical Science during the April school holiday and is now running a Winter School in mid-year break. “The programme assisted them with the consolidation of the first-term syllabus content,” says STEM in Action Programme Manager Isabel van Gend. “This same group of learners are attending a Winter School which will consolidate second-term content and introduce third-term concepts. They will also be schooled in examination guidelines for writing Physical Science papers.” The programme exposes learners to hands-on experiments and simulations often not done at schools owing to a lack of resources. STEM in Action started seven years ago with 300 learners and now accommodates 2600 learners.