“Ensuring that we have the number and diversity of future engineers to achieve the government’s ambitions […] requires government to develop a well-funded STEM education strategy” - Beatrice Barleon, head of policy and public affairs at Engineering UK .

The above quote is taken from a recent article by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which highlights the importance of enabling more young people to understand the opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers.
 
Recent research by the Institute of Engineering & Technology as part of its Engineering a Better World campaign has also shown there is a clear interest in STEM areas among young girls that doesn't translate to the numbers entering the industry.

One of our most recent 'STEM and the Sea' voyages was made up entirely of  Yr10 girls (aged 14-15) from George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets.  

Tall Ships Youth Trust is delighted to work in partnership with the 1851 Trust to deliver our 'STEM and the Sea' project. We take 10 young people at a time on a five-day residential voyage, where as well as learning vital life-skills such as teamwork and resilience, they also take part in bespoke ‘STEM’ sessions both onboard and at 1851’s Tech Deck centre at its headquarters in Portsmouth.

We’re grateful to Lloyd's Register Foundation for funding this three-year project, which enables 90 young people from disadvantaged and under-represented areas to experience a rich science and engineering-based educational environment at sea. 

Our most recent STEM voyages took place onboard Challengers 1 and 4 with an all-girl Yr10 crew from George Green's School in Tower Hamlets and a group of Yr12 boys from Stepney Green school.

Both schools enjoyed five days' worth of sail training over the course of the week combined with educational STEM activities. 

Find out why Martin Smith, Head of PE at Stepney Green, believes STEM at Sea is so important to young people's education. Click on the image below to watch the YouTube video.

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George Green's School

Stepney Green school