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Students challenged to reach for the stars

22nd January 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is hosting a ‘Stratospheric STEM’ schools event on Wednesday 27th January to support the Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) project run by local engineering company, KMF.

The competition, now in its fourth successful year brings Year 10 school pupils and employers from across the region together to deliver innovative projects based around Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM). This year’s challenge is to build and launch a high altitude balloon in to space whilst also collecting data, conducting scientific experiments and capturing film and photographs of the balloons journey to the stratosphere and back.

Pupils and teachers from 23 local schools will visit the NULC STEM event, where they will enjoy a talk from the National Space Centre on ‘Stratospheric Science’ and get the opportunity to ‘Meet the Experts’, in a marketplace forum designed to help students gather useful information from experts representing Sent into Space, Staffordshire University, RAF Cosford and Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

Event organiser, Lucy Hancock, Schools Relationship Manager said: “Newcastle-under-Lyme College are very proud to be supporting the KMF Young Engineer of the Year 2016 project. The event creates a fantastic platform for the sponsor companies to mix with pupils and gain fresh insight by working with young people, enabling the sharing of ideas and best practice. We are sure that the NULC Stratospheric STEM event will deliver a fun, interactive and informative morning for all the pupils taking part”.

KMF’s Managing Director, Gareth Higgins comments, “We are really looking forward to the event at Newcastle College, it will be an inspirational day for all of the students. We have some fantastic people attending who will be able to pass on valuable knowledge which will help the students understand the more complex aspects of this year’s project. We are extremely grateful to Lucy and the college for organising what is set to be a fabulous day.”

There will be various milestone events throughout the duration of the project which will conclude in July 2016, with a ‘red carpet’ awards ceremony for the students involved, hosted by Channel 5’s Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury.

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