St Luke’s in Formby win TSB science competition

KS2 students become space explorers in a session with TSB’s CEO and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

St Luke’s Church of England primary school in Formby, Liverpool have won TSB’s nationwide science competition

TSB CEO Dr Paul Pester and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock the school to help bring the wonders of the universe to life for 60 Year 5 pupils. The class spent the day designing rockets getting set for lift-off on a top-secret mission to colonise Mars.

The workshop – Let’s Build a Rocket – is the result of a collaboration between Professor Stephen Hawking’s daughter Lucy Hawking, TSB and Curved House Kids – a company specialising in educational materials for young people. 

Specifically aimed at Key Stage 2, students become space explorers in the workshop and design a rocket for their journey into space. Incorporating maths, science and art, the initiative has been designed to encourage more children to engage with STEM subjects and to demonstrate the value and impact that numeracy and technology skills can have.

Paul Pester, Chief Executive Officer of TSB said: “Stephen Hawking has always been a huge inspiration to me. He was instrumental in fuelling my lifelong love for maths and physics, and it was a real honour to meet him just a couple of years ago.”

“I know first-hand how STEM subjects are the backbone to how we live our lives.  Physics gives you a broad understanding of the world you live in and helps you develop key skills, from problem-solving to being analytical,” Paul continued.  

Jenny Harper, Year 5 teacher at St Luke’s C of E Primary School said: “I really couldn’t believe it when I received a phone call to say that our school had won TSB’s Let’s Build a Rocket competition.  STEM is of paramount importance to us at our school and it was amazing recognition of all the work we do day in, day out.

Sharon Cowey, Headteacher at St Luke’s C of E Primary School added: “We have redesigned our curriculum over recent years, to make it as creative and relevant as possible, taking advantage of first hand experiences for the children, so TSB’s Let’s Build a Rocket competition fitted perfectly.  We encourage our children to reach for the stars!  It was wonderful for them to see that scientists are real people and that a STEM-related career is a real possibility.”

Recent research from TSB revealed that 61% of Brits chose not to study STEM subjects beyond GCSE/O level and almost a fifth of adults did not think they would be relevant to their future job or careers.

Over a quarter (27%) of Brits regret their decision and more than two fifths (41%) wish they had felt more inspired by STEM subjects during school and college.

The majority of people don’t want future generations to have the same regret and over 80% think it’s important we inspire young people to think about studying STEM subjects.

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