The Vendée Globe Energy Challenge launches their STEM Educational Programme at the 2015 Jersey TechFair, with the introduction of a first in a series of engaging workshops.
A core objective of the Energy Challenge is to inspire more people to pursue careers in engineering and innovation, by engaging them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) at a young age. The STEM education provided by the Energy Challenge brings opportunities for young learners to experience the rewards of applying design, manufacturing, and testing technology through hands-on problem solving, creativity, and optimisation. Currently Britain is facing a serious shortfall in meeting engineering demand, with only one engineer available to fill every two vacancies. Skilled engineers are a vital contribution to the economy, and are needed in order to advance sustainable energy technologies, and to mitigate climate change. The Energy Challenge aims to help address this very real and serious problem by inspiring more people into technical disciplines.
STEM’s four disciplines are vital for a thriving economy, and a safe and healthy society. Until recently, Science and Maths were treated as separate entities, paying little attention to the technology behind products and systems, and the creative process used in engineering such technologies. In a world where technology reliance is only increasing, STEM learning shows significant opportunities for rising innovators. After all, engineering depends on findings from science, the application of maths, and the use of technological tools.