Over 800 students engineered success at the Devon County Show as Babcock’s Education and Marine & Technology businesses teamed up to promote student workshops and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
During the three day County Show, groups of students, young children, parents and teachers visited the Babcock marquee where they engaged in fun and inspiring activities.
For the whole three days the marquee was buzzing with STEM activity – students made 500 Brush Bug Monsters using simple electrical circuits, they built toy submarines and wooden boats and learned about forces and pressure. Using an ingenious submarine simulation, built by graduate mechanical engineers at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard facility, students, teachers and parents alike discovered how submarines use sea water to provide drinking water and learned how submarines raise and lower in the water.
Encouraging youngsters to connect with science, technology, engineering and maths subjects from a young age is high on the national agenda. To address STEM skill shortages, Babcock is engaging in various initiatives to give young people a better understanding of the exciting opportunities offered by a career in science and engineering. In the South West, Babcock STEM Ambassadors deliver STEM workshops and set up STEM clubs in schools, offer whole year group visits, teacher training and work experience placements at Devonport Royal Dockyard and support special national projects like Big Bang and the Industrial Placement scheme.
Babcock has a significant role to play in encouraging interest in STEM subjects and STEM careers amongst young people and this collaboration between Babcock’s Marine and Technology and Education businesses sees a varied and substantial programme of STEM activities being developed and rolled out for schools.