Our highlights from 2016
The Duchess of Cambridge officially opens Tech Deck and Education Centre – May
During her visit The Duchess participated in a pilot STEM Crew digital lesson with young people from the local St Edmund’s Catholic School, Portsmouth. She also unveiled a painting to commemorate the opening of the Tech Deck, before taking flight with Land Rover BAR on-board their test boat ‘T1.
As official charity of the event we were able to give over 200 young people from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas the opportunity to learn more about the America’s Cup environment and the technology behind sailing by taking part in educational activities focused on team work, sustainability and ocean health before the doors opened to the public.
The Portsmouth Sailing Project has given hundreds of young people, many who come from local youth charities, the chance to try sailing for the very first time. Working with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and thanks to funding from Travis Perkins, we’re ensuring that many of the participants have the option to continue in the sport, further to their initial taster session.
Little Britain Challenge Cup – September
We were delighted to be appointed one of the Official Charities of the Little Britain Challenge Cup for 2016, which took place in Cowes in September. The Little Britain Challenge Cup brings together thousands of property and construction industry professionals through sailing for 28 years, and has grown to become one of the top sporting events in the industry calendar.
Launch of BT STEM Crew programme at the British Museum – October
Patron Sir Ben Ainslie launched our BT STEM Crew programme, a unique and free online STEM learning programme designed to engage both girls and boys aged 11-16 in biology, physics, maths and design & technology. It uses Land Rover BAR as the subject matter and draws on the inspiration, expertise and knowledge of the team to help develop thousands of young people’s STEM skills, and to open their eyes to the opportunities of STEM careers. The day finished with a great fundraising evening celebrating Land Rover BAR’s ‘Best of British’ supported by BT and showcased the work of the Trust and the launch of STEM Crew.
BT Tech Lit event at the BT Tower – November
At the BT Tower in London, BT STEM Crew was showcased to education influencers at an event hosted by BT’s Jake Humphries and Matthew Gould the Director General of Digital and Media at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to discuss Tech literacy.
Raspberry Pi competition – December
We partnered with PA Consulting Group to bring entrants of this year’s Raspberry Pi competition a fun-packed STEM day at Land Rover BAR’s base. As well as exploring the Tech Deck, participants also took part in a coding session.