Why support the 1851 Trust?
There is a widely acknowledged lack of young people coming through into science, technology and engineering. The State of Engineering 2018 report by Engineering UK defines the annual employment shortfall as 124,000 engineers and technicians. The 1851 Trust was set up by Sir Ben Ainslie and the British America’s Cup team in 2014 to use the ‘Formula 1’ of sailing as a way of engaging more young people.
What is the 1851 Trust doing to address this?
The 1851 Trust works to inspire 11-14 year olds in order to engage with and capture the imagination of these young people before they make decisions about their GCSE options. We hope to encourage more uptake of STEM subjects at GCSE and therefore subsequently at A Level and Higher Education.
We use the exciting context of professional sport to challenge perceptions and to excite more young people about the opportunities for them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Using America’s Cup sailing and technology to illustrate important themes such as Ocean Health, Invasive Species, Wind Power and the Carbon Cycle as well as STEM workshops, which see young people use what they learn to design their own sails, boat hulls and test the materials used in the America’s Cup racing yachts.
Sailing has enormous health and wellbeing benefits and is a great way to develop confidence, communication and teamwork in young people. Getting our young people out on the water also provides an excellent real life illustration of the science behind sailing and builds on what they have learned in our STEM workshops.