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STEM Day with British Heart Foundation


Kent College Prep partnered with The British Heart Foundation and the world’s biggest tech companies to shine spotlight on science and technology

Three local schools teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and a range of major technology companies, Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace UK and VMware, to encourage more primary school children to embrace science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects).     

 As the first event of its kind and held at Kent College Prep School, the day focused on the greatness of technology – with the aim of raising awareness and interest in these vital subjects by allowing children to participate in fun activities and learn more about STEM. 

 Starting with a film where British Astronauts Tim Peake and Helen Sharman spoke about technology in the future, the Year 6 students from Kent College Prep School, Capel and Pembury Primary Schools headed off to start a series of activities provided by BHF and their technology partners. These were:

  • Getting creative with physical computing, coding Microbits with Microsoft
  • Designing and building an intergalactic game with Rackspace through coding
  • Lego serious play with VMware
  • Testing Alexa capabilities with Amazon

During the day the children met new role models who work in a variety of roles in technology and learned how all kinds of skills, including team work, patience, communication, understanding and creativity, are needed in the world of work. They also had a glimpse of the many types of opportunities they could have by choosing to work in STEM. 

Nik Pears, Head Teacher at Kent College Prep School said: “We are delighted to be hosting this ground breaking event and working with some of the world’s leaders in technology. It is also a real privilege to have pupils and colleagues from Capel and Pembury Primary Schools join us to share in this incredible experience”

 Ursula Dolton, Chief Technology Officer at the BHF, and local parent, said: “The BHF is delighted to be collaborating with our technology partners and with these amazing schools.

 “We want the very best scientists and technologists to work with us to beat heartbreak forever. That means we need girls and boys to have the opportunity to experience how exciting these subjects can be – and to learn about the importance of keeping their hearts healthy. 

 “We look forward to them becoming future leaders in STEM and helping the BHF achieve our vision of a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases.”

 As the largest funder of research into heart and circulatory disease in the UK – and a key player in using innovation to improve the lives of those affected by these diseases – the BHF wants to encourage a love of science and technology in children, who we hope will grow up to be the leading scientists and innovators in the future.    

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Posted: 14/10/2019 at 12:01
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