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GFG Foundation Geared up for STEM

GFG are the founders of some of the biggest engineering and steel production companies in the world. The GFG foundation was set up by the Gupta family to help young people engage with science and engineering. Rewise designed a bespoke education programme, Geared Up for STEM, to promote and inspire STEM learning for young people throughout Newport, South Wales.

Geared Up For STEM

What is The GFG Foundation?

In February 2017, Sanjeev and Nicola Gupta launched the Gupta Family Group Foundation (GFG Foundation) as an initiative to develop the skills needed to help people start and continue working in specific industries, notably engineering, metals and renewable energy.

GFG approached Rewise Learning to help them connect with schools and young people throughout Newport, South Wales.  We designed an education programme to help inspire young people to engage with STEM subjects, learning pathways, and future careers.

 

What is Geared Up for STEM?

 

Rewise devised a STEM-based education programme to be delivered in each comprehensive school throughout Newport. The aim of the programme was to ignite an interest in STEM subjects through practical and hands-on activities which were both educational and fun. 

Facilitated by the Rewise Team and STEM tutors, students were set the challenge of building remote controlled cars and vans using electronic components and basic materials. They developed coding skills allowing them to connect the car/van to an app which controlled the vehicles to compete in races, obstacle courses, and other challenges. This interactive approach to STEM with a STEM-based education programme allowed students to learn through doing rather than seeing, enabling them to develop skills such as problem solving, working as a team and communication.

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What We Did:

 

  • Learners from each school were put into small groups of 3 or 4 to build and code the LearnThruTech car or camper STEM kit. . 

  • Each kit contained electronic components, car chassis, Arduino microcontroller, smartphone and materials to decorate which made each car unique.

  • Learners worked within their team to assemble their cars and developed coding skills to programme the microcontroller and smartphone application to allow them to control their vehicles.

  • Sessions were facilitated by Rewise STEM tutors and video tutorials to keep students engaged. 

  • Provided short lessons on STEM careers and learning routes.

  • Each team’s STEM kit car then competed in a variety of challenges from races to obstacle course challenge

 

Programme Outcomes:

 

  • Learner engagement with STEM subjects and STEM careers.

  • Improved teamwork, problem solving, communication, and STEM skills.

  • Learners, schools, and wider public were showcased the ethos and social responsibility and GFG Foundation.

  • Greater brand awareness of GFG Foundation and its community work.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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MR JONES, HEADTEACHER, ST JOHN THE BAPTIST SCHOOL

"The best thing about the music course was the way my class not only absorbed the learning content in a creative way, but the way it challenged them to step out of their comfort zone. The changes in confidence of some individuals has been nothing short of extraordinary"

PARTICIPANT, TUNE INTO YOUR POTENTIAL

“The course and support from the Rewise team helped me get a work placement that has led to a job. The best decision I ever made was to sign up.”​

PUPIL, SWANSEA SCHOOL

“I learned so much about how to manage a business - financial management, marketing strategy, and people management. I feel well prepared for the world of work!”​