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Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology

What is it?

The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology (formerly known as the Rolls-Royce Science Prize) is a part of the STEM Education programme set up by Rolls-Royce. Their aim is to reach out and engage as many young people as possible with STEM projects, and inspire the highest quality teaching in Science, Maths and Technology classes so that each new generation of students can reach their potential.

The prize has three main objectives:

- Recognising and rewarding excellence in teaching across the full spectrum of curriculum contexts

- Promoting sustainable teaching ideas that address specific needs in schools and colleges

- Contributing to teachers' continuing professional development.

The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology was founded in 2004, and has since been a part of over 600 schools' STEM related projects; enabling more and more students to access the incredible learning that teachers can offer them.

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Parkside School - 2020 FINALISTS!

The really exciting news is that Parkside School are finalists in this prestigious award. We initially were one of thirty schools winning a Special Merit Prize of £1,000 and have since become one of only six schools in the country to become an overall Finalist with a prize of a further £5,000 and the support of a specialist mentor from Rolls-Royce. Our mentor is Neil Chattle, Head of Corporate Heritage at the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust.

We are now working on our ongoing project alongside the other Finalist schools to implement the proposals that have seen us through this far. Our project is about introducing students to new and emerging technologies such as 3D Printing - and we are working hard to be able to get as many students as possible getting "hands on" with these technologies over the course of this academic year.

Our project is being led by Lorna Evans (Teacher of Design and Technology), and the other team members are Sarah Trowers, Helen Dunn, Andrew Mangham, James Windle and Sarah Osgerby. Our aim is to facilitate the understanding of the "skills for the future" that our students will be needing for the jobs that do not even exist yet! As a team, we are really excited about our project and the outcomes we will see. Feel free to follow our journey as the academic year progresses.

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