In recognition of the continuing need to help support education of the next generation of engineers and scientists, Parafix has pledged to support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Ambassador program within Sussex.
This found R&D manager Julian Bond on a lovely summer’s morning at Priory School in Lewes on his first STEM Ambassador role, supporting teams of Year 11 students in their “Ant-weight Robot Challenge”. The children design and build small remote control robots and then challenge other teams in three tasks – Drag race, Sumo Wrestling and Football. The children showed an impressive range of ideas from the conventional to the unconventional (but very successful), challenging the preconceived ideas we all have about what works and what does not.
The STEM programme aims to bring professional technologists into schools to help support the teaching of scientific principles, to help youngsters understand what the subjects are really about and to inspire the next generation of technologists.