Working with Forewind for Success
The Forewind Consortium was looking for consent to go ahead and develop the Dogger Bank Offshore wind farm, and needed to meet its obligations in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Mike Cargill worked closely with Forewind to engage with the local community:
· He recruited ‘Teacher Champions’ from thirty schools in the Hartlepool to Hull region.
· Forewind provided funding for the schools to develop classroom resources aimed at helping students become more informed about the offshore wind industry and employment opportunities.
· Teachers and students reported increased knowledge and awareness of the industry.
· Forewind gained consent to go forward with this important development.
‘We had high quality lessons developed by a team of teachers, students engaged in the activities well’
‘I feel very privileged and proud to be part of this education programme’
‘It’s different to normal work, its better. You get to find out more about what’s going on around you’
‘It was like a videogame, it was awesome’
Workshop delivery for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.
UK STEM working in partnership with Moore Effective Business Solutions was proud to deliver a series of Power Race workshops for the ECITB in schools across Humberside. The 5 days of activities engaged over 300 pupils in learning about careers in ECITB companies in the Humber region. The Power Race activity was developed in early 2016 in response to a demand for hands on practical and competitive activities and its now undergoing further development to increase the number of energy related issues that the activity helps pupils learn about.
Project development with SMart Wind Ltd, led by Mike Cargill.
Mike worked closely with offshore wind energy developers SMart Wind to create the SMart Futures programme. Details of the project are at http://www.smartwind.co.uk/smart-futures.aspx
The SMart Futures project was such a success that the idea for a Supergrid activity was conceived. Supergrid was launched at the National STEM Centre in 2012 and has continued to engage thousands of learners across the Midlands, the North and North East of England. This video shows the essence of the engagement and learning that takes place during a Supergrid activity session.
I just wanted you to know that your visit and the information you gave me last year really benefited our school. Our children enjoyed getting involved in lots of space activities across the school from our nursery children to Year 6. I also held a whole school assembly about Tim Peake and watched clips from his cosmic classroom. I attended the live video call with Tim Peake that you recommended and picked up lots more ideas there too. Our school have just finished taking part in Mission X activities and plan to repeat some of the challenges and try some new ones later in the year.
St. Andrew's CE Primary School, Hull
Mike Cargill and his team did an amazing job on Champions for Wind, ensuring the same high levels of enthusiasm and drive continued throughout the four-year programme, which focussed on encouraging young people living near the Dogger Bank projects’ proposed onshore infrastructure locations to consider careers in offshore wind. The results achieved by Mike and his team’s dedication speak for themselves as both the teachers involved, and the more than 3000 students, reported far higher levels of understanding about the industry and the wide range of opportunities it offers. Click here for more on the project and resources.
PR & Communications
"Last year we started to plan a 'STEM Week' to coincide with National Science and Engineering Week in March 2011. Our aim for the week is to raise the aspirations of students and encourage 'Girls into STEM' by providing careers advice, information and guidance, alongside hands-on activities which would engage and enthuse.
Working with Mike Cargill has really made all the difference to organising this event. Mike came to our first planning meeting a few months ago, and by the end of the meeting I had a long list of contacts and plenty of ideas for activities, with some excellent advice on how to ensure the activities were meaningful and how to measure impact. He has been in close contact ever since, providing support and links with a huge range of organisations.
Mike is also running a stand in both of our careers fairs, as well as delivering (by hand!) STEM posters, leaflets and pull-up banners to display around school (not to mention ringing around his many contacts and asking them to send as many posters as they could to us too!) Working in collaboration with Mike has really promoted our STEM week more than we ever could have, and this has led to a level of support from local industry that has left us speechless."
Newland School for Girls
“Over the last three years The Hessle Federation of Schools has benefited hugely from the STEM programme, supported and delivered via Mike Cargill.
Mike has been integral to 'raising' the profile of the STEM agenda across The Federation through various mechanisms including:
* Delivering teacher training
* Delivering assemblies
* Organising workshops for students
* Interviewing and mentoring students
* Offering advice and support to staff and students
* Providing resources to be used to advertise the STEM agenda and/or deliver in class
* Taking part in workshops and bringing along apprentices to support
I cannot thank Mike enough for his truly valuable support. The impact the above has had on our students and the profile of STEM includes:
* 25% increase in uptake of STEM A Levels
* Introduction of BTEC Engineering @ GCSE. Soon to be at KS5.
* Supported re-evaluation and structure of Science & Technology Departmentss - now one department under 'SciTech.'
* STEM Ambassador Programme: we now have 6 Ambassadors who regularly mentor our students.”
Deputy Head Teacher
Hessle Federation of Schools
"Mike Cargill and his team have been very helpful and supportive with preparing our students, as well as working with our staff, to introduce the Engineering Diploma.
The students were set a challenge of activities based around team work/team activities to encourage them to work together as they were from different schools within each group.
Through the project given, the students also developed many skills linked to Engineering regarding problem solving and practical preparation, which they can build on in the future. This has been an excellent introduction and Mike led the activity, encouraging as well as challenging individuals within their teams. He constantly provided advice and guidance, linking experiences back to Engineering. Students who helped Mike with the activity spoke highly of their experiences.
Mike has also been a great support to our staff by providing advice on the range of knowledge and guidance required in the delivery of the Diploma as well as information links for D&T, STEM AND Product Design."
Mike helped ICE review its STEM ambassador resources in late 2015, both assessing the existing portfolio and advising on the underlying philosophy and development methods for new STEM resources. We adopted a flexible style of working which meant that Mike effectively became part of our team as we developed ideas over the three months of the project. The fresh insight he provided and the co-working approach ensured the project delivered what we needed, with the final report now guiding the development of our Education & Inspiration work in 2016.
Head of Education & Inspiration
Institution of Civil Engineers.