Conwy STEM Summer Project Launches

2A project aimed at engaging the academic interests of young people in the Conwy County has launched this summer. The Conwy STEM Project is designed to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths available in the community, for those who lack confidence in these fields.

Following on from a similar run project held in Porth Eirias during the summer of 2015, the Stem Project provides young people with four days of planned activities, free of charge. The aim of the project is to make STEM fun and interesting, whilst enabling young people to see its relevance in everyday life. This coincides with a National Assembly report outlining a STEM skills gap in Wales.

The organised activities of the STEM Project:

Science – Young people had the opportunity to spend time in the Techniquest planetarium at Glyndŵr University, learning about stars and planets with guidance from the expert team.

Technology – The Royal Society of Chemistry provided a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) day which aimed to spark an interest in forensic science that young people may not already have.

6Engineering – Sessions involving coding and the popular Lego robotics provided something for everyone and a good opportunity to promote a subject which many young people may not have the opportunity to participate in.

Maths – An ‘escape room’ was designed where young people will have to solve various maths and engineering based puzzles to escape the room. This highlights the use of STEM skills in everyday circumstances.

With the assistance of a £500 donation from the High Sheriff’s Crimebeat Fund, the STEM project was able to welcome over 275 young people to take part in their skill-building activities. In addition to giving these people further academic opportunities, the project has ensured that there are safe places accessible for youths during the summer period.