Engaging young people in science and engineering is important to British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Our award-winning educational resources for teachers and students are curriculum-relevant and developed in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Polar Regions Department.
We believe in the importance of inspiring the pioneering engineers and scientists of tomorrow with our innovative British aircraft - Airlander.
Airlander serves as a fantastic example of the principles of physics, state-of-the-art engineering, and collaborative adaptation of existing as well as revolutionary new technology.
If you require further information or would like one of our STEM Ambassadors to visit your organisation then please visit our website.
This will be the last newsletter until next academic year so we wish you a pleasant summer break but please do keep in touch as we are always happy to inspire the next generation, whatever the time of year!
Some excellent articles
RAISING THE PROFILE OF
GIRLS IN THE NoE
Computer scientist Karen Spärck Jones once famously said "Computing is too important to be left to men." Simon Humphreys considers the actions being taken by CAS to increase the engagement of girls with the subject.
Tomorrow 21st June 2017 Connect Education and Business are hosting the first of two Women in Engineering events planned to coincide with Women in Engineering day on 23rd June 2017
The first event is being held at Wherstead Park in Ipswich and will involve 200 girls from 20 different schools in Norfolk and Suffolk and several employers such as OPITO, Philips Avent, Scotish Power, Morgan Sindall , Delta Simons and EDF.
On the 26th and 27th April (8:30 – 15:30) Cambridge LaunchPad, delivered by Form the Future, will be ran the STARS Festival for 120 Year 4 (aged 9 – 10) students.
Connect Education and Business manage STEM Ambassadors throughout Bedfordshire & Luton; Cambridgeshire & Peterborough; Norfolk and Suffolk. We have around 2000 STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - Ambassadors who are DBS checked and are enthusiastic and keen to come in to your school voluntarily to support you in, or out, of the classroom.
Congratulations to all participants, it has been a great year of local HUB racing. I know that in some cases the technology was not perfect, and we will continue to develop these Micro:bit enabled solutions to be more robust!
As I am sure you will have seen in your school communities collections area, a lot of time and effort has gone into developing a range of teaching resources for use in a cross curricular context both for this year and going forward into each new race season.
I hope that this content will enable you to use the competition in a more curriculum centric way, and with a full year to plan for next year, in a more whole school year group manner. With this in mind we will be announcing the full race schedule for next year in the summer term, and schools wishing to sign up will need to do so before the end of the summer term 2017.
I would encourage you to invite one member of the Physics department, D&T department, Math Department, Chemistry Department, Computer Science department and the head of year 7 into your school community on Dendrite. Not only does this ensure that the school has access to communication around the competition but that you can make the most of the experience as a whole year learning programme. It is very likely that we will aim to support schools with much more resource for next season, and with a focus for the race for the line competition on a single whole year group. This would enable all schools to make much more of the experience. We are also launching 2 new channels on Dendrite this year, one with the UK Atomic Energy Agency focusing on Fusion Energy and the future of sustainable power production in the coming hundred years. Fusion is one of the only truly global open source research efforts, with every country on the planet sharing their work in this field. The second new channel will be the Airlander project, the largest and most advance hybrid air vehicle on earth which will be test flying over your schools in the coming years. In both cases competitions will be designed to support inspired learning across STEM subjects.
For Race for the Line 2016/17 the dates and location for the regional finals are as follows.
Ministry of Defence Corsham
Westwells Rd, Box, Corsham SN13 9RA, UK
25th April (Prov)
Royal Air Force Museum
Lyssander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal TF11 8UP, UK
Get up to Speed
Get up to Speed, Magna Science Park, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX
Royal Air Force, Odiham, Hook RG29 1QT, UK
RAF St Mawgan
Newquay | Cornwall | TR8 4HP http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafstmawgan/
Royal Air Force Wittering
Wittering, Peterborough PE8 6HB, UK
RHQ Royal Mons Militia RE, Monmouth
The Castle, Monmouth NP25 3BS
RAF Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1EE, UK
Northallerton DL7 9NJ, UK
103 Bn REME, Crawley ARC
Crawley, West Sussex, South East, United Kingdom.
3rd May (prov)
RAF HALTON MT
Stable Rd, Aylesbury HP22 5PG, UK
127 Fd Coy, 101 Bn REME
Manchester Rd, Clifton, Manchester M27 6TA http://www.army.mod.uk/reme/101bn.aspx
7th Battalion The Rifles
Army Reserve Centre, The Cedars, Portway, West Ham, E15 3QN
A Map has been published in the Race for the Line community which shows how local HUBs have been linked with which regional Finals venues. You can view this at https://www.dendrite.me/content/view/contentid/58e7483b08d7340e88b98754
If you believe your school has a team in the top 2 places in the secondary or primary school category for your local HUB, then please save the date above. There will be some fastest losers as well!
We will be in touch shortly with an official invitation for you to attend the regional final on the dates above.
If for any reason you have not been able to add your data to your school leader board, or if you believe you have been let down by the time recording technology please email me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org .
For those schools racing at the very start of next term, please save the regional finals race date in your planning for next term as you are likely to have a team taking part.
Aulden Dunipace and the whole Race for the Line Team.
OPEN DOOR DAYS at Local Schools
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In January 2017 the heats for the Enterprise Challenge began at several primary schools from the Academy Transformation Trust.
The programme was developed by Sarah Finnigan of Steps Ahead Training (www.stepsaheadtraining.co.uk).
Connect Education and Business held the event on 8th March at Finborough Hall, Stowmarket, to thank all employers who had provided work experience placements within the last year, and to present Awards to those who went beyond the call of duty in providing outstanding opportunities and levels of support and encouragement to Suffolk students on placement.
Mentoring is a powerful personal development tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their lives. It is a helpful partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) based upon mutual trust and respect. Mentoring is person focused and the issues discussed will vary depending upon each mentee and their circumstances and challenges.
Helen Cavill STEM Ambassador
"International Women’s Day is a great time to reflect on all the inspiring, challenging career opportunities available to women across the world, and particularly careers in STEM. As a woman who has chosen to work in engineering, I can reinforce that it is a very empowering career where you use technical knowledge and creativity to improve the lives of others through solving real world problems".
EasyJet Captain Marnie Munns
“International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women so I am delighted to be here today to speak to so many females who are interested in a career in aviation.
“I am also really pleased that my colleagues at Gatwick are today operating a fully female flight which was serviced by a female ground staff team. We thought this all female flight would be a very fitting way to celebrate the achievements of the many women working in the aviation industry.
“This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldForChangeto help forge a better working world which is more inclusive and gender equal. This year easyJet has set an ambitious target of increasing the proportion of its female pilots aiming for 20% of new intake pilots by 2020. The aviation industry is exciting and challenging and I firmly believe that there should be absolutely nothing to stop women from entering into a career in aviation.
Lizzie Wells, Section Engineer at Balfour Beatty
“Girls and young women still don’t consider construction as a possible career path and I do find that people are surprised when I say that I work in the industry because people still think of it as an industry for men. This is a shame as attitudes have come a long way within construction and you will find that women are as accepted as equal to men.”
Pauline Mulvihill, Partnership Manager from Connect Education and Business, interview will be broadcast from 4.00pm on Radio Suffolk's drive time today with Stephen Foster