This project started as the brainchild of Simon Barrable, Principal of Portsmouth College and Conrad Manning a sailor and naval architect of Conrad Manning Racing. Both are passionate about engaging with children and encouraging them into the STEM subjects and potential careers thereafter (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Their vision was to turn a double decker bus into an exciting learning platform that could travel around schools of primary and secondary level able to adapt to the schools’ current terms curriculum. However, they had never met...
Due to the power of networking and collaboration Essential Teaching UK and Shaping Portsmouth joined together key City Stakeholders; Essential Teaching UK; Portsmouth College, Shaping Portsmouth, Conrad Manning Racing, Portsmouth City Council and the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) who could also see the huge benefits of the project and in bringing together their individual areas of expertise, connectivity, technology and support, along with a passion to also encourage children into Arts, it is thanks to all 6 organisations that the STEAM Bus came to be.
All 6 Organisations remain vital to this Project and remain Community Stakeholders within Education Innovation UK CIC. Education Innovation UK CIC is managed by Essential Teaching UK an Education & Training Consultancy, with a focus on sustainable learning development.
The Portsmouth community will benefit by having exciting and engaging educational opportunities delivered either free or at a low cost to local education providers, which currently cannot afford to provide these opportunities themselves. Education Innovation UK CIC hope that this will boost learner engagement and aspirations for future education and employment in the local community.
The CIC are very aware that a number of schools local to them are based in some of the most deprived areas of the UK so they intend to set up a project to ensure that these children get access to some life enriching experiences that they otherwise would not have, in the hope that these experiences will increase their aspirations for a successful future.
As the expo draws organisations from across the entire central south BIS Expo hope is that we act as a catalyst for other groups of stakeholders to mirror the vision, energy and model for other cities - who knows, perhaps one day there will be a fleet of STEM/STEAM Buses inspiring children across the south of England? The CIC would also benefit greatly from additional sponsors and BIS Expo hope that in raising its’ profile we may help this be achieved.
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