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£16,000 boost for year of science and technology

Published on 01/07/19

Cromer Academy has received funding of £16,000 to spend a year celebrating science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

The school's ‘Year of STEM’ will launch in September 2019, with activities across the school to boost the profile of science and technology subjects and careers, and develop links with employers across the region.

A special area for 500 new STEM books will be created in the school library, with STEM texts included in the whole school’s reading programme.

Science experts will give talks and workshops at the school throughout the year, and pupils and staff will work with institutions including the University of East Anglia and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich, the UK’s first maths and science specialist sixth form.

The school will create a team of student STEM ambassadors, with half-termly prizes and an annual STEM Cup for the student with the greatest potential.

The scheme will also see a girls’ STEM club and a robotics club added to the school’s programme of extracurricular activities.

Funding for the project has been provided by the Dudgeon Community Fund STEM Programme, which aims to motivate and enthuse pupils age 12 to 16 and boost the numbers going on to study or work in STEM areas.

Cromer Academy headteacher Antony Little said: "We are very keen to support our students in thinking about science, technology, engineering and maths careers, which are all growth employment areas in Norfolk.

“I’d like to thank the Dudgeon Community Fund for helping us create this amazing project, which will give a massive boost to STEM in our school and ensure that Cromer students are well prepared for life."