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STEM learning helps pupils to tackle environmental problems

Ross Crawford 18th Apr, 2022

PUPILS at St Bede’s Catholic Middle School in Redditch are taking part in a new project aimed on the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in solving environmental challenges.

Education charity, Engineering Development Trust (EDT) is working with Year 8 and 9 pupils to develop environmentally sound solutions to key issues such as waste management and recycling, energy use and building for climate change.

Funded by a £50,000 grant from the Cadent Foundation, the projects encompass a range of hands-on fun and educational activities to enable students to develop key life and job skills.

The programme will also showcase the many career pathways available including apprenticeships and graduate opportunities, with employees from local gas network, Cadent, supporting as role models.

At the end each student will gain an Industrial Cadets Bronze Award, a national young persons’ recognition and employability award, supported by its patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

Bella, a student at St Bede’s said: “I’m enjoying it so much. We’re designing a device that uses a facial recognition camera to find out who has dropped litter, it will act like a police officer and maybe even fine the culprit!”

Alison Horton, a teacher at St Bede’s said: “We’re really grateful to have funding this year.

“It’s given us more opportunity to open up to other students.”

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