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Winners of 2019 STEM Inspiration Awards visit CERN


Winners of 2019 STEM Inspiration Awards visit CERN

Competition winners from across the UK recently enjoyed an exclusive visit to CERN in Switzerland.

This unique opportunity was in recognition of the winners’ success at the 2019 STEM Inspiration Awards and included representatives from a wide range of STEM employers such as Siemens, Renishaw, Mott MacDonald, Raytheon UK, the Museum of Power and the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Each of these winners were commended for their contribution to STEM education at a prestigious House of Lords event held on 5 November.

Awarded by STEM Learning and sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the STEM Inspiration awards celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations who inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects throughout education and into STEM careers.

The prize included a tour of the facilities at CERN including part of the renowned Large Hadron Collider as well as the opportunity to see cutting edge science in action and meet expert engineers, technicians and physicists from across the facility. The visit was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Science and Technology Facilities Council and UKRI. 

Tom Saunders, Head of Public Engagement at UKRI said: “A key part of UKRI’s mission is to inspire the next generation of researchers and innovators. 

“We were delighted to have offered this once in a lifetime opportunity to this year’s STEM Inspiration Awards winners in recognition of their dedication and commitment to encouraging young people’s enjoyment of, and participation in, STEM.”

Reflecting on the trip, Brenda Yearsley, School and Education Development Manager for Siemens UK, said: “CERN is science at its most awe inspiring best. Seeing scientists, engineers and technicians from across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world coming together to solve some of the fundamental questions of existence has been fascinating, and their enthusiasm has been infectious.

“I can’t wait to share our experiences with the children and young people that we work with, and hopefully inspire the next generation of researchers and innovators.”

UKRI provides funding to the STEM Ambassador programme including the STEM Inspiration Awards. There are currently over 30,000 STEM Ambassadors actively volunteering in schools, colleges and youth groups across the UK. They help bring a fresh perspective to STEM lessons and career opportunities by challenging stereotypes of STEM professionals and demonstrating real world applications of STEM subjects.

Applications for this year’s 2020 STEM Inspiration Awards opened on 3 February and will be running until the 6 April 2020.

Notes to Editors

STEM Learning is a non-profit dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM. Our vision is to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK, increasing the number of students choosing to pursue STEM subjects. We are the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and community groups working with young people across the UK, engaging with every secondary school in the UK. 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is part of UK Research and Innovation. STFC funds and supports research in particle and nuclear physics, astronomy, gravitational research and astrophysics, and space science and also operates a network of five national laboratories as well as supporting UK research at a number of international research facilities including CERN, FERMILAB and the ESO telescopes in Chile. STFC is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and has a broad science portfolio and works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise. 

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