11 April 2018
As part of British Science Week, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK), a world leading company in underwater defence technology, in conjunction with the Smallpeice Trust, ran another exciting STEM Day, aimed at Year 9 students, at their UK Headquarters at the Dorset Innovation Park in Winfrith, Dorset.
Three students from Talbot Heath school attended the AEUK STEM day alongside 11 other schools from across Dorset. Students were split into groups of six, with two schools joined together to create a team, and set the task to design and build a STEALTH boat. The task focussed on key aspects of design, engineering, systems and collaborative working.
Talbot Heath students Evie Bailey, Saba Becker and Jasmine Dean joined 3 girls from All Saints School and went on to win the challenge. The prize was a week long residential course at HMS Sultan studying Nuclear Marine Engineering and the opportunity to stay on board HMS Bristol.
Hayley Luke, STEM lead at Talbot Heath school, commented “For the second year running Talbot Heath were invited to attend this exciting STEM event aimed at encouraging girls to explore STEM careers. We are delighted that Talbot Heath students were part of the winning team, they showed skillful teamwork throughout the day. This is an excellent way to engage young women in STEM, and the day was an excellent experience for our students.“
Emily Gollop, Senior Learning and Development Support Officer for AEUK added “It’s a great opportunity for students to get a look into the industry to see what we actually do and what opportunities there are. There are lots of opportunities for young people looking to enter a STEM profession right here in Dorset, and we hope we have inspired them today.”
The day was thoroughly enjoyable, informative and well-structured with AEUK STEM graduates on hand supporting the teams and AEUK’s in-house STEM experts judging the final projects. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s STEM initiative provides an excellent opportunity for young people to nurture their passion and imagination within these fields.