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Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with Rexam, a leading global consumer packaging company and beverage can maker.

Their collaboration will give 250 students the opportunity to participate in free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Days in secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes Academy students will put their design, technology, engineering and maths talents to the test in a unique one-day Wind Turbine challenge. The 13 and 14 year old students will be tasked with designing and constructing a wind turbine to produce the greatest amount of electricity. The turbine had to be free-standing and structurally robust to support heavy components and moving parts. The STEM Day was designed to enhance their understanding of engineering with the winning teams being judged on aesthetics, cost, power generated, team-working and stability.

Plant Manager for Rexam Milton Keynes, Ian Clayton commented, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Smallpeice Trust. The focus on promoting careers in STEM is valuable in many ways. As an employer we want to inspire young people and help them to understand where their studies could lead them. With this in mind, we are looking forward to supporting a number of STEM Enrichment Days, which pupils from a variety of schools in the Milton Keynes area will take part in next year. We look forward to seeing the projects and success these days will bring. We believe that by being involved in education we can help young people gain the knowledge and skills needed for future employment and in doing so help local economies to stay healthy.”

Head of Marketing and Development for The Smallpeice Trust, Gemma Murphy commented, “We would like to thank Rexam for sponsoring these educational STEM Days. The migration towards low-carbon energy and a more sustainable way of life requires technological change which is why it is important that we enthuse young people to consider engineering as a viable future career.”

Each school also received a STEM-in-a-Box kit to set up their very own after-school STEM club. The kits are designed to complement the national curriculum in science, technology, engineering and maths and bring these subjects to life.

The STEM Day was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust as part of an on-going programme of courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. For further information visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.