Exercise STEM Challenge - cadets learn how the Army uses STEM

10 September 2018

The third STEM camp (Ex STEM Challenge 2018), which aims to teach cadets about how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are used in the Army, will take place on 21-26 October with 160 ACF and CCF cadets taking part.

The camp will consist of a series of presentations and hands-on challenges, all delivered by the Army's leading STEM experts in six specialised areas, based around some of the most high-tech military equipment in the world.

Tuition will be provided by Army experts and by ACF/CCF adults with STEM subject expertise. To ensure they can provide suitable activities for all ages the cadets will be divided into two main groupings: Junior Company (GCSE level – up to school year 10) and Senior Company (A level – for school years 11-13).

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are taking the lead on planning and organising this year's camp but the following Army units will be taking part:

  • Royal Signals – demonstrating a range of state of the art military communications equipment and the latest cybersecurity initiatives.

  • Royal Artillery – discussing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for battlefield surveillance and information gathering, along with a practical session operating drones.

  • Royal Logistics Corps – showing how the Army is sustained in the field, including munitions, fuels and an explosives demonstration.

  • Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) – showing how modern equipment is recovered and repaired.

  • Army Air Corps – discussing rotary wing (helicopter) flight.

  • Royal Engineers – providing insights into how military engineering can keep an army mobile.

To get a taste of what will be happening, take a look at the Forces TV video from last year's camp.

We are looking for CFAVs to accompany cadets on the STEM Camp, this is an opportunity for CFAVs to support regular army units who are delivering inspiring activities using the latest Army kit, it also includes a visit to the annual Army Firepower Demonstration on SPTA. Applications must be approved via CoC, and added to WM activity 575142 closing date 14 September 2018.