NEWS

NOVEMBER 9TH 2017

Lincolnshire cadets attend STEM Camp

Cadets pictured during the STEM event

Cadets pictured during the STEM event

Four cadets from Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) put their half-term holiday to good use by attending a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Camp designed to help young people learn more about how the Army makes use of the wide range of technology it has at its disposal.

 

 

The Science in Action event took place over six days at Westdown Camp, Salisbury Plain, and was an ideal opportunity for both Cadet Force adult volunteers and cadets with an interest in STEM to learn how technology can be used in a military context.

In total, 160 cadets from the UK’s Combined Cadet Force’s and ACFs attended the event, doubling the numbers of last year’s very successful pilot. The adults present were a mixture of schoolteachers, STEM ambassadors and engineers, who have an interest or direct involvement with STEM through civilian employment.

Cadets from Lincs ACF during the STEM Camp

Cadets from Lincs ACF during the STEM Camp

During the Camp, cadets, who are in Years nine to 13 at school, were able to see a range of equipment and ask questions during a variety of activities that were planned to encourage the youngsters to continue with STEM-based subjects at GCSE, A Levels and beyond.

Reflecting on the camp, Cadet Sergeant Darshan Patel, from Lincolnshire ACF’s Grantham RL Detachment, said: “It has opened my eyes and given me a greater insight into other options which are available to me after I leave college.”

For Cadet Lance Corporal Jack King, also from Grantham RL, his career intentions were confirmed. He explained:”I wanted to join the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before I attended this camp and am considering becoming a Recovery Mechanic”.

Adult volunteer Tommy Napier, a Sergeant Instructor, at Grantham RL, also valued the experience. He commented: “Each day was crammed with STEM activity. The Army did a great job in showcasing what they had to offer these young people, a great majority of whom wanted to further their career in the MOD.”

 

"It has opened my eyes and given me a greater insight into other options which are available to me after I leave college."