The Welsh Valleys have a long history of engineering and the Academy is keen to build on that heritage, supporting the untapped engineering potential within students in this area to build a skills base that will support many of the new engineering companies that are investing in South Wales. We are establishing a regional programme that delivers focused STEM education support for students and teachers and provides career guidance. We see this as integral to transforming the community and raising aspirations in the region.

Our partnership approach draws together pupils from primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, employers, government and other key stakeholders to inspire and encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in post-16 education. The programme will enrich the curriculum, stimulate interest, and improve student attainment outcomes by bringing real-world engineering practice into the student experience. We are working together to encourage more people, especially young women and other under-represented groups to progress towards professional engineering and technician roles in local industry.

The launch will include:

  • 130 primary and secondary schools pupils involved in STEM activities and challenges
  • Exhibits from local STEM engaged industry and business
  • Representation from Universities and Welsh Government
  • Keynote speeches from leading figures in engineering, government and education in South Wales
  • Buffet lunch followed by a celebration ceremony



Welsh Valley Engineering Project Launch
Blaenau Gwent General Offices    9am–2.45pm
9am - 9.30am Schools and day guests arrive
9.30am - 9.40am Welcome and introduction from Scott Atkinson – Royal Academy of Engineering Education Programmes Manager (Jack Williams VC Hall)
9.40am - 10.40am Pupils interact with exhibits (Jack Williams VC Hall) Teachers and STEM mentors Resource training (Archive education room)
10.40am – 12pm Activities – Part one
STEM ChallengesTeams of 5
(Jack Williams VC Hall)
1. Engineering in the Movies
2. Design an Engineer
3. Invent It!
This is Engineering! cinema experience
Groups of 30
15-minute duration (x4)
12pm – 12.30pm

12.30pm – 1pm
Lunch for pupils, teachers, exhibitors and STEM mentors (archive education room)
Lunch for guest (Frederick Mills room)
12.30pm – 1.15pm Activities – Part two
STEM Challenges finale
(Jack Williams VC Hall)
This is Engineering! cinema experience
Last group of pupils and guests
1.15pm – 1.30pm Feedback from STEM Challenges
1.30pm – 2pm Keynote speeches
2pm – 2.15pm Celebration ceremony
2.15pm – 2.45pm Launch finish
Schools have opportunity to re-visit exhibits
2.45pm Close

The Panasonic Trust is generously supported by Panasonic UK and administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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