BMAT STEM Academy, in Harlow, offers the latest technology and expertise to students looking to pursue careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
With high-end facilities, the new school – part of the BMAT group of schools – is looking to offer local groups the opportunity to hold sessions on site.
The 1st Thorley Bishops Stortford Saxon Cub Pack is among those already enhancing what it offers members by utilising BMAT STEM Academy.
A recent parent and cub make and build evening held at the school was hailed a success, with 20 visitors making items such as key holders using the school’s equipment.
Paul Andrew is cub scout leader as well as assistant head at BMAT STEM Academy. He said: “The space at BMAT STEM Academy was offered to the cub group as part of a community link to promote the school.
“The workshop itself is large and so accommodates parents and children, as well as providing a different experience for the cubs. Expertise was also important, with teacher Dave Ramsey donating his time to help the cubs complete their projects. The facilities include a range of cutting, drilling and sanding tools, enabling cubs to hone new skills. “In the future, we plan to offer science to local cub groups via access to our new laboratories, giving an opportunity to try things not possible in a scout hut.”
Mr Andrew said of the benefits to the cub group: “The parent and cub evening allows parents to get involved in scouting and helping their cub complete a simple technology project, as well as helping the cub to gain skills.
“The evening is designed to help the cubs to achieve their DIY badge, as well as counting towards the skills challenge, which is one of six challenges needed for a Chief Scouts Silver award.
“By offering different experiences, we hope to make scouting fun and relevant as well as showing the relevance of STEM to the youth of today.”
It is hoped the cub group will complete their science badge at the school next year. If you are interested in using the school’s facilities for your community group, contact [email protected]
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