BT STEM Crew brings sport and sustainability to BETT Show 2017


LONDON, January 25th – This year’s BETT Show saw the 1851 Trust, official charity of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, take to the stage to explore how the technology behind Land Rover BAR is bringing STEM to life in schools.

Through a live video link with Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup base in Bermuda, 1851 Trust Education Manager Bev Smith and Land Rover BAR Sustainability Manager Dr Susie Tomson were joined by Bleddyn Mon, wing trimmer and engineer for Land Rover BAR.

They discussed the importance of STEM study for young people today, exploring how STEM subjects can lead a variety of exciting careers. The talk also addressed how Land Rover BAR’s technological innovations can help to advance the sustainability agenda among young people.

The Team and Trust also launched Sport and Sustainability, a new module for BT STEM Crew developed in partnership with the IET. Sport and Sustainability is designed to raise young people’s aspirations in STEM by showcasing how engineering and technological solutions drive Land Rover BAR’s sustainability.

Sport and Sustainability features Dr Susie Thomson, Land Rover BAR’s Sustainability Manager, who has ensured 100% of the electricity used at the Land Rover BAR base is from renewable sources.

The module showcases how engineering and technological solutions drive Land Rover BAR’s sustainability, helping teachers to highlight how students can enjoy an array of careers through STEM study.

Curriculum-linked activities include video resources, worksheets, real-life case studies and real data from Land Rover BAR. These can be delivered over a series of lessons, allowing teachers to pick and choose ideas to suit their students, resources and time.

Bleddyn Mon, wing trimmer and engineer for Land Rover BAR, said:

“Engineering, technology and sustainability are all vital for Land Rover BAR’s sailing success. In order to win the America’s Cup in 2017, Land Rover BAR has set out to design the most sustainable, technologically advanced and innovative racing catamaran ever – but the competition’s technical and athletic prowess is constantly improving. That’s why we want to encourage young people to take the STEM agenda forward.”

Jo Stocks, Chief Executive of the 1851 Trust said:

 “BT STEM Crew was developed in response to research demonstrating a lack of awareness among young people about the value of STEM subjects. We have set out to address the growing STEM skills shortage and this new module, developed in partnership with the IET, is the next step in that process.

“By using the inspiration, expertise and knowledge of the Land Rover BAR team, we can help to develop thousands of young people’s STEM skills.”

Dr Susie Tomson, Land Rover BAR’s Sustainability Manager Dr Susie Tomson, said:

“At Land Rover BAR we have set significant sustainability targets designed to minimise our environmental impact while asserting a positive influence on the wider community.

“BT STEM Crew is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers. By sharing our sustainability work through the programme, we can help young people to consider how their own products and innovations can deliver a more sustainable future.

“As a team which is continually updating our operating practices in order to reduce our environmental impact, Sport and Sustainability is a vital part of our work in building a more sustainable future for everybody.”

Holly Margerison-Smith, Education Manager for the IET, said:

Sport and Sustainability has been developed through a partnership between the IET and BT STEM Crew to raise young people’s interest in STEM and their aspirations for pursuing a career in the STEM sector.

“By showcasing how engineering and technological solutions play a vital role in key industries, we hope to open many young people’s eyes to the value in studying STEM and the exciting career paths that STEM can help you access.”

Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, will challenge for the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup in 2017, aiming to bring the cup home to the UK for the first time in the race’s history.

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