Birmingham’s Millennium Point Trust has awarded more than £21,000 to the Design and Robotics Club at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School for new robotics machinery and a 3D printer – plus installation – ready for use in September.
The presentation was made by Judith Armstrong, Chief Executive of Millennium Point, during a tour of the school which included the dedicated STEM block.
The Trust, which mainly achieves its funding through the commercial activities of Millennium Point, gives grant support to organisations advancing STEM in the West Midlands.
Speaking at the school, Ms Armstrong said: “It is vital that young people are given the opportunity to take an interest in science, technology and engineering. These subjects will provide them with a life-long interest and potentially life-long employment. The UK is home to 47,000 digital technology companies – of which three-quarters are based outside London – and it’s estimated that tech and digital alone will add £2.2 billion to the West Midlands economy by 2025, with an additional 84,000 jobs. This makes us a great region to spearhead technology.”
“This new equipment, which the Trust is delighted to support,” she added, “will allow students to gain experience and improve their knowledge and skills in design, analysis and operation of advanced technology.”
In addition to the grant to Bishop Vesey’s, Millennium Point Trust is to continue its flagship initiative, the Millennium Point Scholarship.
Now in its fifth year, the Scholarship encourages under-privileged young people to pursue STEM careers by funding one young person’s STEM degree each year at Birmingham City University. This year’s winner was 17-year old Walsall Academy student, Ryan Dowell, who will start his course in Civil Engineering in September.