In January 2024 we delivered a fantastic 2-day STEM Discovery Day for Year 4 and Year 2 students at Whitehaven Academy with the Whitehaven Cluster. School included were Bransty Primary School, Jericho Primary School, St Mary Kells, Valley Primary School and Nursery, Monkwray Junior School, Moresby Primary School, St. Begh’s Catholic Junior School, St James Infant School, St James C of E Junior School, Lowca Community School, St. Bridget’s CE Primary School, Parton, Hensingham Primary School, St Gregory & St Patrick’s Catholic Infant School, Kells Infant School and Mayfield School.
Thanks to the volunteers for supporting these days: Sellafield Ltd: Chloe Gibson, Addi Duhan, Sam Collins, Yasemin Alkan, James Bennett, Joe Rossall, Jake Conery, Amelia Richardson, Sam Birkitt. Alana Prior, Chloe Gibson, Connor Mchugh, Richard Lynn, Joseph Rossall, Addi Duhan, Samuel Collins, Yasemin Alkan, James Bennett, Joseph Rossall, Jake Conery, Amelia Richardson & Samuel Birkitt. Cyclife Uk Ltd: Leanne Jenkinson. BAE Systems: Mark Dickinson, Caitlin Mcintyre & Ruby Stubbs. ES Steel: Rebecca. Physics: Chris Bowdery. Whitehaven Academy: Simon Fitzgerald.
Ruby Stubbs, Apprentice Designer at BAE Systems Submarines, shared her excitement: “The event was great to get young minds inspired into the world of engineering and I know if I had opportunities at such a young age it would have been very enjoyable and memorable.” Ruby Stubbs, Apprentice Designer at BAE Systems Submarines
Caitlin McIntyre, another BAE Systems Submarines Apprentice Designer, expressed, “The event turned out great. I think it’s a great idea getting young pupils involved within engineering so they have much more exposure to the engineering world… we are thankful for allowing BAE Systems to promote our schemes to young minds. Caitlin McIntyre, Apprentice Designer at BAE Systems Submarines
Chloe Gibson from Sellafield ltd shared here highlight, “mine was experiencing working as a STEM Ambassador for the first time and successfully organising and liaising with yourself to produce a fun day that the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy!”
Charlie Spencer , Engineering – Degree Apprentice at BAE Systems Submarines shared his highlight “Seeing the passion that young children in the area have for STEM is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the primary schools and watching them learn and develop their communication skills whilst building our solar powered cars.”
The pupils echoed the enthusiasm, with one from St Bridget’s saying, “I don’t want to go home; I want to do it again!” and a St Begs pupil sharing, “It was messy but fun. My hair stuck up, and I loved it!”
From rocket-making to discovering what an engineer is, the event ignited curiosity and learning.
Simon Fitzgerald, Assistant Headteacher at Whitehaven Academy, praised the ambassadors “The ambassadors are fantastic, doing a great job at facilitating” Simon Fitzgerald, Assistant Headteacher at Whitehaven Academy
The Primary Business Partnership (PBP) is a FREE brokerage and sign-posting service in West Cumbria made possible through funding from OneAim and the Sellafield Ltd SiX – Social Impact Multiplied programme.
If you are interested in having us arrange similar events for your school, please reach out to Rebecca.Day@cforlp.org.uk. (All sessions are provided free of charge to schools in the region formerly referred to as Allerdale and Copeland.)
Or if you can spare a moment to inspire West Cumbria’s next generation and/or sponsor events like these, contact Rebecca Day at Rebecca.Day@cforlp.org.uk or sign up as a volunteer here: https://lnkd.in/eiwx6ea9.