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250 girls inspired at Falkirk Roadshow by renewable energy and STEM Ambassadors

12 November 2021

The STEM Crew Maritime Roadshows have reached 800 students through 6 events so far, in locations across the country.

The 1851 Trust took the Roadshow to Scotland on the 28th and 29th October, with the STEM Crew Maritime Roadshow inspiring 250 girls across 2 days in Falkirk. The Roadshow series is supported by the Department for Transport, Trinity House, Lloyds Register Foundation, UK P&I Club and The Great Britain SailGP Team.  

The Roadshow was hosted at the Falkirk Wheel, an engineering masterpiece and the only rotating boat lift in the world, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The students were able to end their visit to the Roadshow with a trip on the Falkirk Wheel to see the unique engineering system in practice.  

With COP26 being held a few miles away, students explored real life challenges facing our world leaders, as they discovered uses for clean, green, sustainable energy while creating their own wind turbines and learning from local STEM Ambassadors how everyday appliances could be powered by renewable energy in the near future.  

One student from Falkirk High School commented “I know that the climate is a really important topic now, we talk about it a lot at school and its obvious science is a key part of us saving the planet. I really enjoyed the practical with the wind turbines because it made me realise that STEM is going to help climate change now and in the future.”  

Ben Cartledge, CEO of the 1851 Trust, said: “We are responding to the feedback of young people, who are telling us they want to have a positive impact on the environment and the conversation about climate change. With the support of our partners, we are developing new and exciting opportunities around sustainability that can be used in the classroom and  hands-on learning experiences like the Roadshows.” 

As part of the day, girls took part in a speed networking session which was supported by local businesses and organisations demonstrating a wide variety of careers in STEM and Maritime industries including naval architecture, STEM research and mechanical engineering. These inspiring role models gave the students the opportunity to connect with apprentices, graduates, and women in leading roles within their sector, asking questions about their everyday work, career journey and experiences in their varied careers. 

After taking part in the Speed Networking, April from Falkirk High School said “Today I learnt from a naval architect that boats and shipping are playing their role in fighting climate change across the world.” 

The STEM Crew Maritime Roadshows have reached 800 students through 6 events so far, in locations across the country. The final events are being delivered in Liverpool, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight to wrap up an incredible return to the Maritime Roadshow programme.  

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