Following successful events across the country, the 1851 Trust’s #NextGeneration Roadshow visited the National Water Sports Centre in West Bridgford.
The 1851 Trust, an educational charity which harnesses the power of professional sports to excite young people in STEM subjects, has doubled its nationwide programme.
The two action-packed days at Holme Pierrepont offered 100 school pupils a stimulating day applying real-life examples of the challenges that Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team faces in its challenge to bring the cup home.
The day was carefully designed by the trust’s education team to enrich the teaching of the national curriculum.
Beverley Smith, the 1851 Trust’s education manager, explained: “Applying what the pupils learn in the classroom to ahigh-performance sports team enables them to see the real-life application of STEM subjects, which is incredibly motivating.
“The students leave buzzing with a greater awareness of how they can have a career in science, technology and engineering.”
Throughout the day, students focused on boat design, properties of materials and renewable energy in a range of hands-on, exciting activities alongside the trust’s free STEM teaching resource, BT STEM Crew.
Natasha Cooke, a teacher at Magnus Academy in Nottingham, said: “The students were really engaged in the materials and energy resources sessions.
“They enjoyed the practical aspects of the sessions. They absolutely loved the sailing sessions. The most enjoyable moments were in the sailing session.
“Students’ water confidence grew enormously and they enjoyed challenging themselves whilst capsizing.
“The day has definitely shown students that what they learn is school has real-life applications. I have had many students asking to go sailing again.”