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AWE is supporting a local school to compete at an international Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition later this year.
AWE’s charity committee made a donation of £200 to the UK champions of F1 in Schools challenge, team Evolution F1, from Robert May’s School, in Odiham, Hampshire.
AWE works actively with local schools to foster and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
This international competition aims to change perceptions of STEM by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, science, marketing and technology. The competition is global with regional and national heats.
The five-strong UK-winning team, Evolution F1, will be competing at the F1 in Schools World Finals this September after beating schools from across the UK to clinch the overall national prize.
Paul Tomlinson from AWE who presented the school with a donation said: “AWE is committed to supporting local schools and a particular focus for us is the promotion of STEM subjects. Robert May’s School is a shinning example of how to promote and encourage children into STEM from an early age, especially young women into this career path.”
Evolution F1 team manager, Helen, aged 15 said: “I am absolutely delighted that we won and that we are now travelling to compete for the world title. I’ve led team Evolution F1 and through this I’ve learnt several news skills for example how to manage a team effectively. The competition has taught me how STEM subjects can be applied in real life.”
Teacher Phil Cain said: “It is massively important that local businesses support future generations. Influencing children at an early age is crucial because by the time they are 17-18 they have already decided on their subjects. Thank you AWE for this donation.”
The team will be accompanied by their teacher Phil Cain who will travel to Singapore to compete to become world champions. Robert May’s School will be hoping for a second world championship win after winning the prestigious world title in 2014.
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