UKESF partners with Smallpeice Trust to support STEM days in schools
The UKESF is delighted to announce its partnership with the Smallpeice Trust in delivering 10 STEM Challenge Days in schools, which aim to engage young people with innovative hands-on Electronics projects.
The Smallpeice Trust is a leading educational charity and provider of in-school STEM days in the UK, with a mission to encourage a passion for engineering and science in young people. The UKESF is sponsoring the expert delivery of 10 STEM days in the Midlands in 2016, as part of the Smallpeice Trust’s 50th Anniversary programme. Each day takes place at a state secondary school and benefits 60 Year 9 students each time, engaging a total of 600 students over the year.
Dr Kevin Stenson, Chief Executive of the Smallpeice Trust, said: “Over the last 50 years we’ve learned a lot about the kinds of abilities that young people have and how to deliver a programme that excites, inspires and creates change. Our courses are a great way to let young people get hands on with science and engineering and discover what’s possible.”
STEM day at Avon Valley School
UKESF CEO Stew Edmondson recently attended one of the first UKESF-supported Smallpeice Trust STEM days at Avon Valley School in Rugby, where Year 9 students got to experience the electronic systems used in smart houses through the design and creation of a water filtration system.
“It was great to see so many young people engaged in a design project that uses electronics. I was really impressed with the innovate solutions the students used when problem solving,” said Stew.
Looking ahead to 2017
The UKESF plans to continue to support the Smallpeice Trust in 2017, with further Electronics-focussed STEM days as well as a residential course.