Let’s encourage engineering careers

Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful summer break and are raring to go for the new school year! Here at STEM Crew HQ are busy preparing for our first school visits and we are looking forward to a busy term ahead.

We would like to say thank you to all who supported us throughout 2017/18 and those who have joined us ready for the 2018/19 academic year.

I am really pleased to share the 1851 Trust’s 2017/18 academic year highlights with you. An amazing 85,457 students took part in a STEM Crew session with 98% of teachers recommending the resources.

As a former teacher, I understand how stressful lesson planning can be, so I hope that our free teaching resources will support you throughout the 2018/19 academic year. We’ve done all the hard work for you.

These girls can!

Last month, the Guardian wrote about the shortfall of girls taking up STEM subjects following GCSE results day. The research found that girls would be more likely to take a subject within STEM if they had talks from female role models to encourage them to study these subjects. The research also found that low confidence was a significant barrier for them choosing to take subjects such as physics.

At the 1851 Trust we fully agree with this article based on research, and have hosted two very successful girls STEM days, which incorporated speed networking with role models from Airbus and BAE Systems, amongst others. In addition, the pupils took part in confidence building workshops including one delivered by STEM Ambassador Amelia Gould from the WISE campaign.

Our next Girls in STEM day will be to celebrate British Science Week on Friday March 8th 2019.
To register your interest please email education@1851trust.org.uk

Watch the fun and thrill of a Roadshow day!

Following hugely successful events in 2017, the 1851 Trust’s #NextGeneration Roadshow returned throughout May and June. Double the number of Roadshows were delivered to over 1,000 pupils in six locations across the UK. 98% of teachers said the workshops enriched the curriculum whilst 95% of teachers said the day engaged their pupils.

See for yourself how much (educational!) fun there is to be had!

If you would like to register your schools’ interest for 2019, please email us at education@1851trust.org.uk 

You heard it here first!

Sir Ben Ainslie launched the Team’s test boat for the 36th America’s Cup campaign last week. You may notice this boat is significantly different to the current boat in the STEM Crew resources (which was a catamaran for the 35th America’s Cup). We are very excited to announce throughout the term we will be working on updating our site to reflect the new campaign, which will be sailed in a foiling monohull. This gives us lots more inspiring content for you to use with your students. STEM has never looked so good (or fast!).

Bev Smith
1851 Trust Education Manager

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