STEM & Sailing Roadshow

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The 1851 Trust, the official charity of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup Team  are visiting Newcastle with their STEM & Sailing Roadshow on Wednesday 6th / Thursday 7th June at Tees & Hartlepool Sailing Club.

The Roadshows are aimed at 11-16 year olds to help engage and inspire them into STEM careers as well as give them the opportunity to try sailing.

They are looking for volunteers and STEM Ambassadors, both students and lecturers, to support the event. Ideally you will have a background or interest in STEM subjects however this is not compulsory.

 

1.            Aims of the day

•             To increase participation, contribution and confidence in STEM subjects at school

•             To inspire young people to pursue STEM-related careers

•             To give young people the opportunity to learn new skills, build on self-confidence and provide a sense of achievement

•             To empower young people to make informed choices about further education and career paths

2.            Details

Date: Wednesday 6th / Thursday 7th June 2018

Time: 0800 – 1530 (Schools arrive at 0900)

Location: Hartlepool

3.            Format

Up to 120 young people aged 11-15 from local school will take part in four activities:

a.            Boat Design – With unique access to surveys and blueprints of the America’s Cup yachts from the 1920’s and 30’s, students will compare, and contrast STEM challenges faced by Sir Ben Ainslie’s team and those of his historic counterparts.

b.            Properties of materials – Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of different materials for boat design.

c.             Renewable energy – Sustainability is something we are very passionate about! This hands-on activity will highlight the risks to the ocean environment and help to find alternative solutions.

d.            Sailing experience – Students are offered a taster experience on the water and an opportunity to learn new skills. 

4.            Your role as volunteer

STEM Ambassadors and volunteers are integral to the success of the delivery of the STEM workshops. The activities will involve taking part in up to 4 x 90 minute practical, hands-on sessions. The activities will primarily be led by a member of the 1851 Trust’s education team, so the main role of the volunteer is to support the session and offer advice / help to the young people. However, some volunteers may be asked to lead an activity. These sessions will help the young people learn about the STEM challenges faced by organisations in the everyday world. On-water activities will be led by the Watersports Centre.

Contact govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk for more information

 

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