STEMNET – inspiring the next generation

STEM is a network designed to inspire young people and create opportunities for learning, around the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our very own Mike Pearson, volunteers as a STEMNET ambassador in local school James Hornsby at their afterschool club, where he helps pupils with concept planning, design, drawing and 3D computer modelling of components, before they move on to the manufacture process.

Pupils choose their objects, but they must be commercially viable – something that could be sold such as a speaker box. In the process they learn about joinery, dovetail joints, plastics and more, while developing employability skills such as problem-solving, communication and team work.

Steve Tucker, Faculty Leader for Design and Technology at James Hornsby recently got in touch:

“I just wanted to say a “big thank you” for all the help and support that you have given us this year.  It has been much appreciated.  Mike has always got involved with our Tuesday club and given appropriate help where necessary.  Can I also thank Brown & Carroll for the MDF that you have supplied as it has given me the opportunity to purchase other necessary equipment for the faculty.”