Derby Programme

The Derby Programme

Derby City Council identified a need to inspire its young people to recognise the STEM careers available to them with employers in the City. Their aim has been to effectively enhance a young person’s potential of accessing local STEM jobs.

Our Solution

Derby City Council works in partnership with the Big Bang East Midlands and the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme in order to improve the level of STEM engagement in Derby schools.  Linking local STEM companies up with the 14 Derby schools in order to solve a STEM-based competition problem which is then judged at The Big Bang Fair East Midlands at the Roundhouse on the 29th June 2017. We partner a mentor from a STEM-based company with a team of up to six year 8 students from each of the 14 Derby secondary schools and the Pupil Referral Unit.  Mentors have the opportunity to inspire the young people about their particular company, give an overview of how their company/industry could relate to the competition, and provide support and guidance to aid the young people in formulating their competition entry.

The Results

The mentor involved accompanies their team at the Big Bang East Midlands regional event where the competition is judged and prizes awarded.  The opportunity for the mentors’ companies to attend and exhibit in the Derby Village area at the Big Bang East Midlands is offered and encouraged.

Facilitation & Organisation

The Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers teams at Learn by Design organise and facilitate workshops and school/mentor sessions and any related communications to ensure a smooth transition. Mentors are provided with a briefing pack on the session with their school which includes expectations and any appropriate advice and guidance they can give during the visit.

To find out more about the Derby Programme please ring 01827 316 297
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Please see Derby programme downloads below for more information:
Derby Comp Company Involvement Outline 2017
Derby Competition Company leaflet 2017
Derby competition Schools Brief 2017

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