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Excitement as pupils from six Crawley primary schools to attend Gatwick-funded ‘engineers of the future’ programme

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A budding engineer of the future.

More than 1,200 primary school children from 15 schools across Sussex, Surrey and Croydon are set to take part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme, funded by Gatwick Airport.

The Primary Engineer project is aimed at inspiring Key Stage 1 and 2 children by giving their teachers enhanced skills to deliver STEM subjects in an engaging way and challenging the pupils to build a vehicle in competition with the other schools.

Two teachers from each of the 15 primary schools selected to take part in the programme attended a training workshop at Gatwick in January, where a number of airport’s engineers and apprentices were on hand to share advice.

The teachers were given a full kit to take back to their schools to build the vehicles, before the engineers and apprentices from Gatwick go to work with the children involved in the programme and answer questions.

A celebration event will be held at Horsham’s Millais Secondary School on 2 June where the primary school children will present their projects and be awarded certificates, while Gatwick’s engineers will act as judges for the competition. By hosting the event at the girls’ school, Gatwick hopes to inspire more females to consider careers in engineering or science-related disciplines.

Later in the year, five local secondary schools will be chosen to take part in a Gatwick-funded Secondary Engineer programme, with the project having been developed with the support of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and WEBTEC.

Four teachers from each school will benefit from training at Millais School on 2 June, before taking the project back to their students.

Paula Aldridge, Community Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport, said:

“We place huge importance on our community work at Gatwick Airport, so to be able to fund and be involved in the Primary Engineer programme is fantastic.

“Our engineers and apprentices loved being part of it and working with the children, giving them practical, hands-on experience to hopefully spark a passion.

“STEM subjects are so vital to schools and to businesses across the region including Gatwick and we hope we can help to inspire the engineers of the future through this initiative.”

Fionnuala Quinlan, teacher, Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, said:

“I really enjoyed the course and now feel much more confident delivering this project in the classroom. Our engineer was great and really helpful – we have already booked in time for him to come him and support in school.”

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Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society

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Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

To donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccg2021

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