Great profile for schools and business partnership in the 2020 Express & Star STEM challenge supplement
looking forward to working with a team of 6 students from Shireland Collegiate Academy.
For this year’s challenge, schools have been asked to design a product using the elements of STEM that has a positive impact on emotional wellbeing and mental health. The teams of pupils will need to demonstrate their product or prototype as a working model at a presentation on April 30, at one of Dudley College of Technology’s facilities. Each school signed up to the challenge is partnered with a mentor from businesses or organisations involved in industry.
There are team prizes to be won including: Best Teamwork, sponsored by KUKA; Best Work Plan, sponsored by Schmolz & Bickenbach; Best Operating Model, sponsored by InComm; and Best Presentation, sponsored by the Black Country Consortium.
The mentors, who have all been given formal STEM training, will visit the schools regularly between now and April to work with the teams to monitor progress and also provide support where needed. Schools will now put together teams of students to work with their industry mentors and come up with a design to fit the given challenge. Reports and updates of teams’ progression and ideas will be monitored by their mentors throughout the project before the final judging on April 30.