Gold award for UTC Reading
Our work to raise awareness of STEM careers amongst primary school children has been recognised by STEMNet with a gold certificate.
Our recent schools events have included F1 in Schools, Children and the Chocolate Factory, ICE Bridge, and VEX Robotics, where children are invited to learn and compete in exciting environments.
Our role as a STEM Hub also supports the local education sector, by offering schools the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and take part in activities each term.
Dr Debi Linton, STEMNET Project Schools Liaison Officer, is pictured presenting the certificate to our STEM coordinator Lewis Hutchinson and Science Coordinator Siobhan Tyson, Debi said: "UTC Reading is consistently proactive in its STEM provision and engagement in the wider community. The STEM Hub has progressed from a round table committee to a large scale termly event, inviting teachers to meet with industry partners. As one of those industry partners, STEM SurreyBerkshire at the University of Reading, has seen a marked increase in engagement from local primary schools, as it has allowed us to forge relationships that we wouldn’t otherwise have. Other partners involved in the STEM Hub have also been able to reach schools, and other local schools have increased their STEM provision through the connections made through the UTC.
"UTC Reading has been highly engaged with the STEM team at the university over the years – they frequently make use of STEM Ambassadors to give talks about their work, run activities and help to develop their project led curriculum. The college’s work with local schools and industry representatives has had a tangible and clear effect on the STEM engagement in the area, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."