FUNDS to run a STEM challenge in Clydebank and Milngavie secondary schools have been welcomed by MSP Gil Paterson.
Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund has awarded £7,000 to three schools to run the 10-week Go4SET programme by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).
It will see S2 pupils from Bearsden Academy, St Peter the Apostle High School and Clydebank High School run a project on one of three projects relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Mr Paterson also lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament commending the allocation of funds by Glasgow Aiport Flightpath Fund.
The MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie said: “I would like my constituents – both parents and children – to be aware of the opportunities a career in science, technology, engineering and maths offers.
“It is a great career path, with well-paid and exciting jobs, and there is a high demand for young people, both male and female.
“I thank Glasgow Airport for making these funds available and I am sure the programme will be an inspiring opportunity for my young constituents to learn about STEM.”
Encouraging young people into STEM
That the Parliament welcomes funds from Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries to young people in secondary schools in Clydebank and Bearsden; notes that Bearsden Academy, St Peter the Apostle High School and Clydebank High School will benefit from the £7,000 issued to run the 10-week Go4SET programme which will see teams of six S2 pupils work with a company mentor to produce a report, model and five-minute presentation on one of the following topics: Fit for the Future, Smart Surroundings and Future Proof or Designing building for Climate Change; understands the programme by Engineering Development Scotland (EDT) hopes to encourage young people into a STEM career due to shortages in recruitment and potentially rewarding futures they could have within it; agrees that a career in STEM is fulfilling for a number of reasons, but especially in terms exciting career opportunities and earnings potential; and finally thanks Glasgow Airport Flightpath for recognising the value in the programme and STEM’s recruitment issues.
FLIGHTPATH PRESS RELEASE:
FLIGHTPATH FUND’S £7000 AWARD ENSURES LOCAL PUPILS JOIN STEM CHALLENGE
- FlightPath Fund award will see pupils from seven schools take part in the Engineering Development Trust’s Go4SET programme -
Pupils from seven local secondary schools will take part in a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) competition thanks to a £7000 award from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.
The project, run by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), sees teams of six S2 pupils participate in the 10-week regional Go4SET programme. During this time, they will work with a company mentor to produce a report, model and a five-minute presentation on one of three STEM-related projects focusing on sustainability and the environment - Fit for the Future, Smart Surroundings and Future Proof or Designing Building for Climate Change.
As part of the project, the pupils will also take part in a site visit to their mentor’s company to see STEM application in the workplace.
Go4SET gives the pupils the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM by raising awareness of how studying these subjects can lead to a rewarding career. The pupils taking part in the Go4SET programme will gain an SQA Steps to Work Award SCQF Level 4 and a Bronze Industrial Cadet Award.
Support from the airport’s FlightPath Fund has ensured that 42 S2 pupils from the following secondary schools in Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire participate in Go4SET:
Bearsden Academy Gleniffer High School
Trinity High School Turnbull High School
St Peter the Apostle High School Clydebank High School
Drumchapel High School
Archie Hunter, Chair of the FlightPath Fund, said: “Our science, engineering and technology sectors face significant challenges in terms of skills and people shortages.
“STEM-sector related employment in Scotland is set to grow by 4% by 2027, so projects such as Go4SET are absolutely vital in ensuring these challenges can be met.
“The FlightPath Fund focuses its community investment in a number of areas including education, the environment and employment. Go4SET ticks each of these boxes and the £7000 award from the Fund will ensure that the pupils from the chosen secondary schools in our local communities gain an insight to the exciting STEM-related career opportunities that are out there.”
Research has shown that the exposure of younger age groups to STEM related employers, encourages more students to choose post-16 courses in these subject areas, eventually leading to the study of STEM degrees at university.
A regional section of the Go4SET programme was launched today (Thursday, January 23) at the University of the West of Scotland campus in Paisley.
Flora Lewis-Gotts, Partnership Manager for Scotland at EDT, said: “We are delighted that the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund committee has chosen to support the EDT Go4SET programme this year.
“The programme got underway today with a launch event at the University of West of Scotland, Paisley, where the students met their sponsor and company mentor who will guide them through the project and take them on a site visit.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the students back to UWS in May for the Celebration and Assessment Day, when one team will be crowned regional winner and go through to the National Final at the Glasgow Science Centre in June.”
In 2019, the FlightPath Fund award more than £110,000 to over 70 local clubs, community groups and charities. This amount was also boosted by a record £20,000 donated by Glasgow Airport passengers via six currency collection globes based in the terminal.
To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community,
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