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BP celebrates achievements of aspiring STEM heroes

Five teams of aspiring engineers have been presented with special awards for their innovative solutions to complex engineering problems at the 11th STEM festival at BP’s international centre for business and technology in Sunbury

EES contribution to business award – Tiffin boys school

Go4SET best overall project award – Royal Grammar school

Go4SET award for the best project report – Tiffin girls school

Go4SET people's choice award for best display – Royal Grammar school

This is a great way to inspire young students by really getting them to think like engineers as they work in teams to come up with innovative solutions to their projects.
Masudur Rahman,BP community affairs manager

Special commendation – Space Studio West London

The STEM Festival is one of the highlights of the year, celebrating students who have taken part in engineering challenges and worked with business mentors as part of two programmes designed by The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and supported by BP.  These five teams from local Schools Link schools demonstrated their passion for STEM and showed great team work and communication skills to impress both the judges and their fellow students. We are very pleased to congratulate them and all the teams for attending the STEM Festival and thank them for making it a lively and inspirational day.

 

Throughout 2018 BP will give thousands of young people inspiring engineering experiences in support of the government’s Year of Engineering campaign. The campaign aims to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession and BP aims to show young people how diverse engineering is and give them access to enthusiastic and exciting role models.

 

The programmes the young people are taking part in are Go4Set and the Engineering Education Scheme. Both programmes, run by EDT and supported by BP, encourage students to think like engineers, to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation while gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management.

Younger students, aged 11-14, worked on a 10-week project called ‘Challenging Environments’. They looked at how science and technology could be used to help people live and work in some of the harshest environments on Earth. Each team works with a business mentor with an engineering or science background. The mentor’s role is to provide guidance, challenge their assumptions and provide business context to their projects.

 

 

I liked the fact that we could work independently. We could plan our own projects and choose our own ideas, rather than being told what to do by the teacher.
Go4SET student

 

 

The Year 12 students tackled a six-month engineering project designed to give students an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology. They work on a real world challenge, set by the business mentor, such as building a structure on the sea bed or creating a renewably powered oil tanker.

 

Each team presents their findings at the STEM festival, in front of parents, teachers and a panel of judges provided by BP and other local companies. The judges look for innovative solutions that show an excellent grasp of the STEM issues raised in the project and awards are based on presentation, teamwork, creativity and sustainability.

 

 

I was the designer so I found the maths calculations quite daunting but I'm glad I understood them in the end!
Go4SET student

 

 

Upon completion of each project the students are awarded two separate nationally recognised awards, the CREST award and the Industrial Cadet Award. This allows the students to demonstrate their achievements to potential employers. In addition to these awards four teams were presented with a special award for their achievements.

 

Before presenting the awards to the winning teams, Tamara Holmgren, a chartered civil engineer and project manager at BP, shared her passion for engineering in a speech to the students and their families. She said that the key to becoming a great engineer was to always be curious and interested in the world around you and to not be afraid to ask for help when you don’t understand.

 

 

Engineering is the world's best kept secret – it gives you the opportunity to travel the world and work on some amazing projects. It's a fantastic career for boys and girls.
Tamara Holmgren,civil engineer and BP project manager

 

 

50 years supporting UK education

BP’s support of these programmes goes back to 1968, when the first working party in education was formed to look at improving the uptake of STEM subjects. 50 years later, BP’s STEM initiatives remain as strong as ever, providing opportunities for employees to work closely with young people to show them how their school work can apply to their future careers. Through our volunteering programmes students can explore the career opportunities that are available to them and working closely with a mentor can help inspire them to become part of the future generation of engineers.

 

Congratulations to all the participating schools:

EES programme teams

 

  • Space Studio West London
  • Heathside School
  • Lampton School
  • Tiffin School
  • Tiffin Girls School
  • Royal Grammar School
  • Aylesbury Grammar School
  • St Johns School
  • St Pauls Girls School
  • Wimbledon High School

Go4SET programme teams

 

  • Reach Academy Feltham
  • Royal Grammar School
  • Tiffin Girls School
  • Tiffin School
  • St Johns School
  • Space Studio West London