The STEM Enthuse Partnership Launch took place at Bourne Community College on Friday 1st April 2022.
The partnership involves a selection of local primary schools including, Funtington Primary School, Bosham Primary School, Westbourne Primary School, Southbourne Junior School and Chidham Parochial Primary School who visit Bourne Community College on a six week rotation, to take part in a STEM themed afternoon involving project-based learning and applying this learning across the curriculum.
The Enthuse Partnership inspires young people in STEM (science, technology including computing, engineering and mathematics) subjects and careers. They are groups of schools that work together to address local issues of low uptake or lack of interest in STEM subjects. The school model builds capacity and capability across all partner schools involved, whilst encouraging sustainable change. The Partnerships aim to deepen relationships with local employers, and utilise the wider package of support provided by STEM Learning. Whilst building on the STEM learning journey that Bourne Community College has implemented, through the transition from primary school to secondary school.
The launch consisted all 10 children from each school attending and completing six activities, which were run by STEM teachers and STEM ambassadors from Bourne Community College. They were joined by Ali Khan from STEM Innovation, Vanessa Gutowski-Smith and Steve Newman from Greenpower. Over the morning the children from the primary schools completed all six activities, this included paper planes, spaghetti towers, spin art machine, tesla coils, robot wars and green power pit stop.
The officially launch assembly was opened by Yvonne Watkins (Headteacher @ BCC), with a welcome, followed by Dene Ellis (Head of STEM @ BCC), explaining the partnership, Ajay Sharman (Regional Network Lead South East STEM Leaning) embedding the partnership and thanking everyone involved to make this happen, with the official opening of the partnership with a plaque presented by Gillian Keegan (MP for Chichester).
The atmosphere throughout the morning was of excitement, enjoyment, happy, positive, stimulating, creative and resourceful. Also in attendance was Claire Davies (Sussex SLP Lead), Scott Atkinson (Manager, Connecting STEM Teachers), Adrian Oldknow (STEM Ambassador, Emeritus of Maths, Chichester University), Shelia Legrave CBE, DL Further Education Commissioner for England and Wales and Margaret Eve (OBE, National Leader in Education).
The morning was a complete success, enjoyed by all in attendance.