Geared Up for STEM programme renewed for 2019/20

The Welsh programme has been renewed for another year, encouraging school pupils to pursue STEM

Newport teenagers competed in an engineering challenge as the Geared Up for STEM programme was confirmed for another year.

The competition was the culmination of the 2018/29 programme, in which ten schools across Newport came together for a car construction and programming challenge.

Geared Up for STEM is funded by education charity GFG Foundation and delivered by Swansea-based education company Rewise Learning. The programme is designed to encourage school pupils to pursue STEM subjects, and specifically engineering.

Pupils from across Newport competed in the challenge

As part of this year’s challenge, pupils from 10 schools and pupil referral units across Newport were tasked with building remotely controlled cars and vans using electronic components and basic materials. They also learned how to program a smartphone app to control the cars and complete races and obstacle courses.

GFG Foundation manager Claire Neilson said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Geared Up for STEM programme for another year. Encouraging the younger generation in STEM subjects is critical to the future of engineering in this country and is at the heart of this charity’s purpose.”

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