STEM in the Tees valley
Wow, what an amazingly enthusiastic, talented and inquisitive groups of children we have in today. Over a hundred pupils from Layfield, Oakdene, Whale Hill, Newcomen, St Bedes, St Gabriels, St Paulinus and Riverdale are currently in the centre being inspired by colleagues from some of our local businesses. Analox, EDF Energy, LearnitComputeit, Accenture, Whessoe and Osbourne Technologies have all spent the day at the centre running hands on inspiring sessions for children with a STEM theme. The idea as always is to inspire the children but also make these careers seem less remote, more accessible. The days are open to all ages from KS2 upwards and the activities vary from event to event.
Companies are really happy to support our events because we do all the organising and we invite multiple schools to each event. This creates a much wider impact for any outreach work that a company can offer although many enjoy it so much that they sign up to more than they originally planned to. They often feel that it offers them as much benefit from the children. For example:
“We see the benefits of our outreach work to be multi-faceted. Not only do we have the opportunity to engage with young people and help equip them with the knowledge they need to be able to make important decisions about their futures, but the Nifco team members gain an enormous sense of achievement and pride in imparting their knowledge – which supports their own personal development.”
Erika Marshall, Marketing & Communications Manager, Nifco UK Ltd
See for yourself…