There is a growing crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and employment, as fewer and fewer young people choose to study STEM subjects and pursue careers in STEM industries. Job opportunities within STEM occupations are twice as likely to be left unfilled due to lack of applicants with the right qualifications and skills.
“Children as young as ten already see a career in science as ‘not for me’. Despite the majority of children enjoying the subject at school and viewing scientists positively, fewer than 17% are interested in pursuing a career in science.” Kings College London
The 1851 Trust aims to educate and inspire children in STEM subjects using the excitement of Land Rover BAR, the British Team competing for the 35th America’s Cup.
“Young people are the key to the future, there are great opportunities in the marine industry, and we want to open those opportunities up to as many people as possible.” Sir Ben Ainslie, 1851 Trust Patron
To support teachers and educators, the 1851 Trust has launched (and is continuing to develop) a number of FREE educational resources focusing on STEM subjects which can be used in the classroom or for a school visit.
The resources use real data from the Land Rover BAR team and demonstrate the practical application of STEM subjects in the real world, aiming to both make these subjects exciting and relevant to pupils.
Tech Deck Education Centre
A free 1/2 day schools visit to the interactive Education Centre at the Land Rover BAR team base in Portsmouth including a curriculum-linked workshop.
BT STEM Crew Online Learning
An free online learning resource for teachers of 11-16 year olds.