Students working on a robotic Mars lander with Tresham College Computing Course Manager Wafiqah Lahaware

School children from across Northamptonshire spent a day at Tresham College in Corby during half term, being inspired to be scientists and engineers of the future.

As part of a Routes Into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme organised by the Engineering Development Trust, Tresham College developed a unique programme of experiences for the students with a ‘Mission to Mars’ theme including:  building a robotic Mars Lander; UV protection; and building habitats on the red planet.  

The Bedford College Group Director of STEM, Jo Baxter said: 

“This has been a fantastic opportunity for Tresham College to work with EDT and local schools to raise student awareness of the STEM options in Further Education. These students have been able to experience our state-of-the-art computer, science and engineering equipment here at Corby Campus and hopefully they will return to study with us in the future.”

The Routes Into STEM programme is part of the EDT Industrial Cadet Scheme where young people can progress through a series of awards from age 9 – 21 years.  The aim is to encourage students to study STEM subjects and support them with  innovative courses, gaining first-hand experience of life at college, university and in the workplace.

Routes into STEM Co-ordinator Steve Ross said:

“EDT are very grateful to Tresham College for hosting day 1 of a three day course called Routes into STEM. Tresham College arranged a packed agenda of  hands-on science, engineering and computing activities, which were arranged to show students different aspects of STEM learning. The course itself is designed to highlight to students that FE colleges, as well as universities, can provide the education necessary for exciting and diverse career options in the STEM arena.”

Tresham College is part of The Bedford College Group, the number one provider of technology training linked to thousands of employers in the SEMLEP Region.  


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