As UK industry continues to report a skills gap in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), the importance of providing more education and careers support in this area has never been greater.
STEM Ambassadors are an essential resource for schools, as they volunteer their time, enthusiasm and expertise to encourage and inspire young people to progress further in STEM subjects and careers.
Bridgnorth Endowed is very lucky to have the support of two wonderful STEM Ambassadors, Geoff Price and Les Sherlock, who come into school on Wednesday afternoons to help Year 11s with their GCSE practical work and run an after-school Electronics Club for Year 7s.
With countless years of industrial and engineering experience, both Les and Geoff went on to work in school as technicians in the DT Department. After retirement, the two now continue to bring STEM to life through their invaluable volunteering activities.
Initiatives like the Electronics Club ignite an interest in STEM and provide a platform to extend young people’s learning. Most importantly, they are fun and exciting, allowing all involved to explore these subjects in innovative and inventive ways outside the curriculum.
Pupils who take part in these sessions are able to experience the wonderful world of electronics and get hands-on with equipment such as laser cutters. They have built amplifiers, radios, fans, and even USB memory sticks, under Les and Geoff’s expert guidance.
Electronics Club runs for Year 7 students in Room 26 on Wednesdays from 3.05 to 4pm. To join or find out more, please see Mr Price or Mr Sherlock for further details.