Dudgeon STEM Programme awards

After careful screening of 12 project applications during November and December 2017, five projects were awarded Dudgeon STEM Programme grants early in 2018.

Neatherd High School in Dereham will run an out of hours school-based Community Design School formed on the ‘Maker Shed’ principle. 6 STEM Design School projects will run weekly for 120 Key Stage 3 pupils (11-14 year olds) and their parents/carers.

The Mason Trust will deliver 6 interactive Renewable Energy Days to 6 schools in Great Yarmouth and Breckland, targeting students in school years 9 -11. These Renewable Energy Days will include the latest floating wind turbine designs, with presentations and a practical challenge to build a floating wind turbine.

Greenpower will work with 10 secondary schools in Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland whose pupils will design, build and race a single seat electric car, competing in the inter-school challenge at Scottow Enterprise Park. Local employers will be encouraged to provide a range of student opportunities for site visits and skills workshops. It is anticipated that between 150 -200 students per year will be involved in this project.

Sheringham High School will run a programme of robotics development moving towards an international robotics completion to take place in Tallinn in Estonia. The programme will be run as an after school or lunchtime STEM club activity, and with Sheringham High School encouraging as many North Norfolk schools as possible to take part, the participation of over 250 students is anticipated.

Norfolk is already a hub for engineering and technology supporting the energy sector, and the STEM Coordination Hub will initially be piloted in the Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland districts of Norfolk. It aims to make the most of what is already available, whilst identifying and plugging the gaps and finding new ways to enhance STEM education.