BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force have joined forces to tackle the UK's perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects one school at a time in the largest ever schools programme of its kind.
Robotics and computer coding in the real world
The STEM roadshow, now in its twelfth year, provides a highly visual, educational and interactive theatre presentation for primary and secondary school children on the theme of computing and engineering. The presentation demonstrates how robotics and computer coding are used in the real world by aircraft and naval engineers to design and build some of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft and ships. The activities demonstrated assist teachers in tackling the most difficult parts of the national curriculum for science, maths and IT.
Graeme Whiteford, Head of Early Careers and Skills at BAE Systems Naval Ships said: “This year we will be reaching out to 25 schools and 4,375 students across the Glasgow, Ayrshire and Stirling regions to showcase how robotics and coding are used in the real world and to challenge perceptions around STEM subjects. We recognise that it is important for industry, education and the Government to continue to work together to encourage more young people to consider a career in STEM. Our Early Careers programmes are vital in ensuring the future success of our business and so we understand the importance of engaging with the next generation to show them the varied career paths which they could follow as a result of studying STEM subjects at school.”
Commodore Andy M Cree, Royal Navy, said: “The Royal Navy is proud to support this Roadshow as it is about inspiring the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. It enables us to highlight the variety of exciting roles and opportunities available, not just within the Royal Navy, but across the whole engineering and scientific community, which in turn, is building a better future for the UK.”
Air Vice-Marshal Sue Gray, RAF Senior Engineer, said: “The Royal Air Force understands the importance of engaging early with students in order to inspire and enthuse them to focus on maths and science. It is particularly important to encourage girls to take up these subjects and consider non-traditional, technical career pathways.”
The UK-wide roadshow which visits 420 schools and 90,000 students comes after BAE Systems found that 51 per cent of British parents with children aged eight to 15 surveyed by YouGov said they would encourage their child to pursue a STEM-based career, and 61 per cent said they felt that their child has more opportunities to learn STEM subjects now compared to when they were at school.