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Year 10 Student spends a week at STEM event on Salisbury Plain

Year 10 Student Charlie from The Henry Beaufort School has spent his half term participating in a week-long Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Camp EX STEM CHALLENGE which was held at Rollestone Army Camp, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

Charlie explained that the aim of the EX STEM CHALLENGE was to utilise some of the Army’s advanced STEM technology to demonstrate to cadets how their STEM lessons at school match across to the real world; to enthuse them with a passion for STEM subjects; whilst engaging them to think about how choosing STEM subjects at school can lead to interesting and successful career

Charlie was one of 260 cadets who were invited to take part in the camp after registering his interest via the Army Cadets which he has been part of for two years outside of school. Participants were given a series of presentations and hands-on challenges, all delivered by the Army’s leading STEM experts in six specialised areas, supported by CFAVs, and based around some of most high-tech military equipment in the world.

Demonstrations of battle were performed for participants which Charlie said was quite exciting and very realistic. They also had other opportunities such as looking at Helicopters during their week’s camp. Charlie’s interest is in the Signals who are said to be ‘leaders in a digital age’. The Royal Corps of Signals is one of the combat support arms of the British Army. Signals units are among the first into action, providing the battlefield communications and information systems essential to all operations.