Our Past, Your Future is an ambitious project to map our region’s unique and rich heritage of industry and innovation. The project will deliver targeted schools and community-based activities that will help foster the career aspirations of our young people in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The project aims to utilise this rich heritage and links with the region’s current STEM employers to prompt a generation of young people to enter secondary school understanding that STEM routes are accessible to ‘people like me’. This will be achieved through a programme of activity in schools, community engagement activities, and the creation of a digital map showcasing the region’s rich heritage of innovation in the fields of science, industry and technology.
Activities include primary schools workshops, continued professional development (CPD) for teachers, loan boxes for nursery/reception, family story time and family and community workshops.
A STEM club for up to 20 children will take place during the 2021 school summer holidays.
There will also be an intensive programme for secondary schools which will invite professional practitioners to work directly with students on a project inspired by the interactive STEM map. It will bring together careers guidance and experience of a digital design process.