STEM Day Press Release

22.07.2021

 Learners from Gomer Junior School were tasked with with building a Lego model of a tool using renewable energy to tackle local challenges. 

 

The event was run by the green training and skills business SERT who are set to work in partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Trust (GFM). 

 

They have a clear mission to develop the skills students will for need for Green jobs needed to meet the government objective of being carbon net zero by by 2050. 

 

SERT engineers were on hand to give students tips while building their renewable energy sources at the event held at the GFM STEM centre on Friday. 

 

Student Wendy Chen, 11, from Gosport, and her team created a machine which energy from waves to pick up plastic from the sea. 

 

She said: “We live by the coast so it is very important that we look after the sea and all our marine life friends.

 

“At Gomer we have the Engineering Habits of Mind which has helped us to develop our creativity when it comes to approaching science projects.”

 

Fellow student Ayden Barnard, 11, from Gosport, added: “I really enjoyed this project because it allowed us the freedom to be creative and come up with our own ideas.”

 

SERT engineer Stephen Knight said: “I was really impressed with how the students approached the project. It is clear from the quality of the ideas coming forward they have a strong focus on STEM at the school

 

“It was great fun for us engineers to work with the young people because they have such wonderful enthusiasm and ultimately it will be them who have to solve the problems of tomorrow. 

 

CEO of SERT Mark Edwards said: “This is the beginning of what we hope will be an enduring collaboration with the GFM to support learning and help develop STEM skills locally. 

 

“The talent pool for Green jobs is stretched and if we are going to meet the net zero target for 2050 then we are going to need to develop the skills in our young people. As a company, anything we can do to help the planet we are going to do.”

 

Executive Head Teacher GFM Georgina Mulhall said: “Gomer have embedded Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) within our curriculum through. 

 

“Our leading edge curriculum was awarded TES STEM Team of the Year in June 2018. 

 

“Our pupils are motivated by and understand real world applications of STEM subjects by experiencing hands-on STEM activities that innovate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life. 

 

“We are fully committed to preparing our children for a future that we are yet to know about. 

 

“The children enjoyed meeting with engineers from SERT today. 

 

“The children used their Engineering Habits of Mind to talk through their models which showcased how we can use sustainable forms of energy to address local issues.”

 

Executive Head Teacher GFM Chris Willis said: “The majority of these students will join us in the secondary phase at the GFM which means they will continue to develop their engineering habits of mind throughout their education which ensure their best Gosport Futures.”

Posted by: Callum Belch

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