Stem Spectacular now underway

A ‘STEM Spectacular’ is now underway with a programme of events designed to inspire Plymouth’s children and young people to get into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The STEM Spectacular officially starts with the launch of a new annual Plymouth STEM schools’ competition at the official opening of the Tamar Bridge visitor centre.

The competition developed by Plymouth STEM, the University of Plymouth and the Institution of Civil Engineers, asks student to re-design a different iconic Plymouth structure each year, starting this year with the Tamar Bridge.

Over the coming months events designed to inspire young people in these key subjects are getting underway.

A total of 15,680 pupils – all in Key Stages 2 to 5 – are all getting specially tailored workshops aimed challenging perceptions and to show that the key subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are fun.

There’s an Engineering Extravaganza tomorrow (Saturday) at Devonport Guildhall for all the family.

Next week

  • 27 June – Lego discovery event at City College – involving six Plymouth primaries and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on the first LEGO League Jr. Discovery pilot – a new programme for four to six year olds – over 300 pupils and teachers involved

Also on the horizon

  • 12 July – South West Marine Careers Conference – for young people from 14 to 24 and their families at the National Marine Aquarium – a  great opportunity for young people and their parents to learn more about the marine sector against the incredible backdrop of the UK’s largest marine aquarium. And it’s free.
  • 16 and 17 July STEM M400 Big Splash Tinside Lido and conference – a fun-filled, interactive day, with students learning about STEM.
  • 14 September – Cardboard boat race

Cabinet Member Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Transformation, Education and Skills said: “Plymouth is an exceptional STEM city – nearly 55 per cent of all employment here is in STEM sectors, well above the national average.

“Plymouth still needs more engineers, mathematicians and scientists and this administration has pledged to increase the number of young people taking STEM subjects at school, college and university. This programme is aims to create unforgettable experiences for our learners.”

The extravaganza is not just for the young people – some of the events are about providing information to parents so they can get a flavour of the opportunities available to them, the expected pay and the qualifications.

Research shows that it only take three memorable experiences for young people to become passionate about these subjects and to pursue them through qualifications and careers.

Plymouth STEM is a collaboration between industry, Plymouth City Council and Higher Education and Further Education working to grow, keep and attract STEM talent and inward investment.  The aspiration is to become known as Britain’s STEM City.