The Northern Devon region is very proactive within the STEM learning arena.

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Through STEM, students develop key skills including:

  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • critical analysis
  • teamwork
  • independent thinking
  • initiative
  • communication
  • digital literacy

STEM’s strategy is to empower future generations through science, technology, engineering and mathematics to grow a dynamic, innovative economy.

STEM is very important as the global economy is changing:  

  • Current jobs are disappearing due to automation and new jobs are emerging every day as a result of technological advances.
  • The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day.  
  • Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.
  • Employer demand for STEM qualifications and skills are high,and will continue to increase in the future.
  • Industries require workers with STEM skills.

To be competitive, the Northern Devon workforce need people who can adapt to a changing workplace.

STEM empowers individuals with the skills to succeed and adapt to this changing world.  

NDESB play an important role in signposting  and connecting STEM education opportunities for all young people across our Northern Devon Region which connects young people with employers, and schools and teachers with employer-led STEM initiatives.

The North Devon Manufacturers Association (NDMA) are a group who are dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers across our region

NDMA proactively promote STEM learning within the region engaging on a regular basis within the three key areas.

  • Engaging employers and industry
  • Inspiring groups and communities
  • Developing teachers and leaders

Spaghetti Challenge

Each year the NDMA hold an annual awards evening event to celebrate manufacturing across the region, this event also features the Each year the NDMA hold an annual awards evening event to celebrate manufacturing across the region, this event also features the

● Technology Awards for Secondary and FE education.
● Primary School Challenge The Challenge 2019:  To Design and Build Spaghetti

Superstructures Tallest and Strongest Tower.
600 children across the Northern Devon region took part in the challenge and accessed this free STEM learning from the NDMA.  Each pupil received an individual certificate for participation and the winning teams who built the highest tower and the strongest tower attended the awards event to celebrate and collect their awards.

Read the story here

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