The second tier in Cambridge LaunchPad is for students between 11 and 15 years of age in Years 7–10.
The Innovators programme aims to build on the information that the students may have learnt in the classroom and apply this to activities in a real-world setting. This enhances their STEM learning and gets them thinking about the diverse range of careers open to them within these industries.
Our industry partners invite students to apply for their Project Day by submitting a presentation or mini-project, which will be within a specific field of STEM. The successful teams then attend the Project Day and get the opportunity to work with students from other schools.
As with our other tiers, the programme does not focus on academic ability, but other skills such as teamwork, creativity and communication. The students that best demonstrate these attributes are invited to an awards ceremony and rewarded with an exciting educational experience so as to encourage them to consider studying the subjects that lead to a career in STEM.
Our Innovators winners from last academic year will be visiting Bletchley Park in September, where they will have the incredible opportunity to see first-hand the home of the World War Two Codebreakers and learn about the machinery and techniques they used.
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What an amazing, well-structured day and an inspiring introduction to potential future careers. The activities were interactive and engaging and I think all the students will take away new skills. As a teacher, we are always looking for ways to inspire our students – this day succeeded!
My favourite activity at The Babraham Institute was loading the gel because it was challenging as you had to be so precise, but using the equipment was really fun. It has been a great chance to use equipment that we would never use at school. I like STEM because it’s our future, it relates to everything that we do, plus you get to do awesome practicals!