All hands on deck for learning
Teaming up with Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity on STEM education
It will take until 2022 for the Ministry of Defence to close its shortfall of people skilled in science, technology, engineering and maths, according to a report ordered by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts.
To help solve that problem, Raytheon UK is investing in STEM learning and training programmes that help the workforce of the future close that gap. The company has teamed up with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to deliver a number of fun, interactive STEM-based activities for young students to get involved in and keep them entertained for the remainder of the summer.
Simon Kings, Raytheon UK’s Business Development and Strategy director and former Royal Navy commodore said, “Our STEM ambassadors have created a fantastic array of STEM activities that I hope will engage and inspire young students to think of maths and engineering in a different way.”
The partnership kicks off with STEM activities inspired by the Navy in which Raytheon UK will be encouraging children to build their STEM knowledge with home-based tasks, such as creating their own paddleboat, and designing and building their own boat.
Quizzes and mathematical puzzles will test students' knowledge of why ships have been so crucial to the UK throughout its history. Raytheon UK’s STEM Ambassadors have also pulled together their own online booklet together of these activities so that students can continue to develop their skills anywhere and at any time.
Some activities, such as the best periscope, the best origami boat and the best self-propelling boat, will all be judged in a competition with the winners decided by a panel of Raytheon UK and RNRMC judges.
Since 2007, the RNRMC have been funding projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. They also distribute millions of pounds annually to military charities that care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
“This unique partnership with Raytheon UK will help raise the engagement and capability of children and young people from naval families nationwide in STEM subjects and careers in an increasingly information-based and highly technological society,” said Adrian Bell, chief executive of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.
Raytheon UK’s partnership with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is just one way in which the company supports and trains the next generation into STEM careers. The company’s flagship Quadcopter Challenge helps students learn project management, team-building, piloting, innovation, finance and problem-solving skills. The business also partners with educational institutes across the UK to offer education and training in areas such as cyber, so that it can help equip the next generation with skills for the future.
“Especially at a time where there has been huge disruption to the provision of education, the hands-on activities and accessible learning resources produced by Raytheon UK’s STEM ambassadors will be very much welcomed by naval families and help to foster problem-solving, discovery and exploratory learning which can be taken back to the classroom once schools resume as normal,” Bell said.