Pupils inspired at Next Generation Roadshow
Following hugely successful events in 2017, the 1851 Trust’s #NextGeneration Roadshow kicked off in Portsmouth last week.
The 1851 Trust, an educational charity which harnesses the power of professional sports to excite young people in STEM subjects have doubled their nationwide programme which will be delivered throughout May and June in 6 locations across the UK.
The first two action-packed days in Portsmouth offered 230 school pupils a stimulating day applying real-life examples of the challenges that Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team face in their challenge to bring the Cup home.
The day has been carefully designed by the Trust’s Education Team to enrich the teaching of the national curriculum. Students compare and contrast a range of design and engineering challenges using unique surveys and blueprints of America’s Cup yachts from the 1930’s from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre and from 2017.
Beverley Smith, the 1851 Trust’s Education Manager explained:
“Last year’s Roadshows were an enormous success, the young people got so much out of it, so I am really excited we have secured funding to offer this fantastic opportunity to hundreds more young people. Applying what the pupils learn in the classroom to a high-performance sports team enables them to see the real-life application of STEM subjects, which is incredibly motivating. The students leave buzzing with a greater awareness of how they can have a career in science, technology and engineering.”
Throughout the day, students focussed on boat design, properties of materials and renewable energy in a range of hands-on, exciting activities alongside the Trust’s free STEM teaching resource, BT STEM Crew. www.stemcrew.co.uk
Matt May a teacher at The Petersfield School reflected:
“I was really impressed to see the use of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s America’s Cup surveys and blue prints used in an educational context. It has given the pupils an appreciation of the historical background to the designs. Our pupils have loved the Roadshow, it was the perfect combination of education and physical activity, they are buzzing.”
As well as educational workshops, the pupils also take part in an on-the-water activity. For the majority of the students it is their first time on the water, providing them the opportunity to develop new skills, build their self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement by stepping outside their comfort zones.
Pupil Catylin from Priory School in Southsea explained:
“I thought today was one of the best experiences I have ever had – it was fantastic to see that it was inclusive to all children. I especially loved sailing, it was a new experience for me. I also really enjoyed making my own boat – it made science fun!”
The next stop of the #NextGeneration Roadshow is in the North East followed by Edinburgh, Watford, Nottingham and Birmingham. The Roadshows have been made possible by the generous support of Lloyd’s Register Foundation and funding from The Goldsmiths’ Company, Merchant Taylors’ Company, Recce Foundation, Benoy Foundation and the Little Britain Challenge Cup.
The #NextGeneration Roadshow is just one of many programmes from the 1851 Trust. Find out more about the National Curriculum – aligned STEM experiences and teaching resources at www.1851trust.org.uk