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20th Sep, 2021

Pupils from Droitwich's Westacre Middle School showcase their skills to win STEM Challenge

TALENTED Droitwich pupils showcased their science, technology, engineering and maths skills when they took top prize in the Wocestershire Primary School STEM challenge.

Millie and Steph from Westacre Middle School were among the winners at the event which had to be postponed last year because of the pandemic.

The programme is run by STEMworks – a partnership between Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire County Council and district councils across the county.

This year’s contest, designed to to inspire the country’s next generation of engineers, challenged competitors to design an eco-friendly house and identify a problem affecting the food manufacturing industry before solving it.

Phil Cotton, Westacre Middle School, said: “Competitions such as these can really inspire our children.

Though it was a tricky concept this year, our pupils really liked the opportunity to think outside the box and love the idea of real-life problem solving.

“What Millie and Steph managed to achieve was really amazing and it is a real credit to their own creativity and invention.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, congratulated the winners and finalists and added: “I have attended previous finals of the STEM challenge programme and thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of the creative minds in our county in action.

“It is important that we inspire students across the county to take a passion in STEM subjects and skills to help create Worcestershire’s future workforce.”

Sarah Lalor, Activities coordinator at STEMworks, said:” This is a great opportunity for children to get involved in an engaging and challenging program. The challenge develops key problem solving skills and opens the pathway to a future career in the STEM sector.

“We are overwhelmed with the amazing response in registrations for next academic year, demonstrating this is a valued experience for schools.”

“The competition has given the children a real insight into business and opened their eyes to future career opportunities.

“When pupils began to see clear goals and the direction they want to go in terms of future careers, they can achieve wonderful things.

“We look forward to next year’s challenge and hope that we can match our success from this year.”

Visit stemworks.co.uk/wordpress/ for more on the STEM challenge programme – there have already been 46 bookings from 33 different schools for next year’s challenge.

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