Land Rover BAR Roadshow Underway
Land Rover BAR Roadshow Underway
The Land Rover BAR Roadshow is off to a great start! Organised by the 1851 Trust in association with Land Rover UK and Bermuda Tourism Authority, the roadshow brings the excitement of the 35th America’s Cup to communities around the UK.
Local school children are invited to attend for a day, taking part in a variety of educational and fun activities designed to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the technology used by and the challenges faced by Land Rover BAR in their quest to be the first British team to win the America’s Cup.
So far the roadshow has hosted over 200 children from Portsmouth and Manchester, with further trips to Glasgow, Cardiff and Docklands scheduled in June.
The students, all aged 11-14 years old, learned about sustainability and ocean health and, in particular, about the environmental impact of single-use plastics. High on the agenda of Land Rover BAR, ocean health is a relevant and current topic, and it will fall to the next generation to find solutions to the challenges caused by plastic pollution.
Hamsa, a pupil at Manchester Communications Academy explained “We could see how the plastic ends up in the sea birds. We learned there is a lot of plastic out there and we should re-use and recycle more.”
At each venue, Bev Smith, the 1851 Trust’s Education Manager and qualified science teacher delivers a lesson taken from BT STEM Crew, a unique online teaching resource developed by the 1851 Trust to help support STEM studies in schools, using real-life examples from Land Rover BAR.
Science, technology, engineering and maths (collectively known as STEM subjects) are vital to the team and race boat development and the pupils were encouraged to appreciate how choosing to study these subjects could open career opportunities they may never have previously known about.
Ben Cartledge, CEO of the 1851 Trust explains, “The 1851 Trust are proud to work alongside Land Rover BAR. This high-performance race team is an incredibly motivating real-life example of the application of STEM study. Students are amazed to see the variety of career opportunities that most had never considered.”
The pupils also took part in an on-the-water activity, providing the chance to learn something new, step outside of their comfort zones and develop team working and communication skills. Casey, Year 9, Walkden High School said “It’s been a really good day. My favourite bit was the sailing!”
Having a go on a grinder and the 360-degree virtual reality goggles as part of the Tech Deck interactives allowed pupils the chance to understand what it’s like to be an America’s Cup sailor and identify with what is happening when they watch the America’s Cup racing which starts in just a few days.
It’s not all hard work though and the Bermuda tent and paddleboards offered a taste of life on the Atlantic island of Bermuda, and its diverse range of fun and adventurous activities both on land on water.
Jenny Warner, a teacher from the Priory School praised the day “Students don’t know what careers are linked to STEM studies, but today has given them a really good insight, it’s definitely opened their eyes. They were really interested and asking lots of questions.”