LEP Computer Control in Business

This week yet another report, this time from the CBI, has highlighted the fact that many children are deciding whether or not they like science before they leave primary school, and that there is a great need for closer involvement of businesses with primary students. STEMworks is proud to be leading the way in Gloucestershire with the support of many companies within the Advanced Manufacturing group of GFirst LEP. In this the third year of a programme subsidised through GFirst LEP we have supported the teaching of computer skills to students in Key Stage 2 once again linking engineers from local businesses with primary schools

Over the past two terms STEMworks has run 40 computer control workshops in schools around Gloucestershire as part of the LEP supported programme to inspire young people to understand more about Engineering. The culmination of this project is the opportunity for the best team from each school to visit a local engineering company. Over the next few weeks three students from each of the schools will be paying visits to one of the supporting companies: Delphi Diesels in Stonehouse, Moog in Tewkesbury, Renishaw plc in Wotton under Edge, Helipebs in Gloucester, Spirax Sarco in Cheltenham, SPP Pumps in Coleford, New Chapel Electronics in fairford, and Summit Medical in Bourton on the Water. In addition to these companies who are hosting the visits and have provided financial support we are indebted to many other companies who have provided financial and engineer assistance for the workshops: EDF Energy in Gloucester, Horizon Nuclear Power in Gloucester, GCHQ in Cheltenham, Versarien in Mitcheldean, Trackwise in Tewkesbury, QEP in Coleford and Fluid Transfer in Nailsworth. Without the support of all these companies, many of whom are members of the Advanced Manufacturing group of GFirst LEP, this programme could not have proceded. On behalf of the students and teachers thank you one and all.