Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Our Vision for the Facility Is a Cross between Robot Wars and the Gadget Show'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Our Vision for the Facility Is a Cross between Robot Wars and the Gadget Show'

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APIONEERING educational centre for STEM studies has opened for the start of the new term at a Newcastle high school.

The engineering block at St Cuthbert's in the West End was built with the help of a PS700,000 donation from the Reece Foundation, set up by the late Dr Alan Reece, who owned Pearson Engineering in Walker, Newcastle.

Reece Foundation." facility is a cross between Robot Wars and the school's STEM leader Debra Caldwell said: "Our vision for the Reece Foundation facility is a cross between Robot Wars and the Gadget Show, incorporating project-based learning with fun, exciting and innovative hands-on activities, introducing students of all ages to STEM subjects and solving real-life problems alongside actual engineers.

"As well as the engineering block, Dr Reece also donated money to the school to administer a scholarship scheme designed to encourage bright young people into engineering. He saw that recruitment into the sector was proving difficult at a time when rising unemployment was particularly prevalent among youths. "A partnership between schools, university and industry was thought to be able to address the problem."

John Reece, Reece Foundation trustee, said this skills shortage had hit the region's thriving engineering sector: "For a new generation to become enthused with engineering at an early age we need to inspire and excite them and show them the best practices in technology and engineering teaching.

"This building will provide a modern inspirational place."

Debra, who works with Michelle Alexander and Toni Sayers on STEM provision, added: "As a science specialist school, at least half of our students in sixth form study a STEM subject and are highly successful. Our brightest students receive funding through the Reece Scholarships, but as a school we want to support students of all abilities.

"We now also target students at Key Stage 2 for the Reece Scholarships, supporting students from primary through to sixth form, educating them on careers paths that can be followed through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. …

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