20 June 2018
Over 50 Welsh cadets recently attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) themed session at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alexandra Dock, Cardiff Bay.
The Wales-wide group of teenagers included representatives from Fitzalan High School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Army Cadet Force (ACF).
“Two teams had to build a tower in an engineering challenge and it was good to get younger cadets involved in STEM activities,” said Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jack Green from Gwent and Powys ACF. “It was a timed task which gave us a bit of urgency and got the team working together, which is great for our collaboration skills. I’m looking for a career in a STEM subject, so it was a good opportunity for me.”
Earlier in the day, cadets also attended the gun salute to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and later on, the Military Festival of Music.
The STEM event was organised by 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, with members of the Army Youth Outreach Team delivering the session to test the cadets’ practical skills.
STEM subjects, particularly engineering, have been at the forefront of recent government campaigns including ‘The Year of the Engineer’ initiative, which aims to inspire the next generation and tackle a major skills gap, boosting numbers entering the profession.
Industry experts and businesses are hoping that events such as these will change perceptions around engineering and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry can hold for young people in Wales and the UK.