The third tier in Cambridge LaunchPad is for students between 16 and 17 years of age in Year 12.
The Scholars programme aims to build on the passion for STEM subjects the students have developed in the classroom and apply this to advanced activities in a real-world setting. This enhances their STEM learning and gets them thinking about the wide range of job roles within these industries. They will also be introduced to the different pathways they can take by meeting industry professionals from diverse backgrounds at different stages of their career.
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 and compete 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 that will further their knowledge and experience of STEM careers.
Last academic year, our Scholars winners visited the Houses of Parliament where they had the privilege to meet MPs, Peers and Advisors, tour the Palace of Westminster and debate relevant issues with a STEM advisor to the government.
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Cambridge LaunchPad Project Days offer an eye-opening opportunity to raise students’ awareness of the vast range of science and technology work in the Cambridge area. This will be an experience they will be able to build on in their career progression.
The Project Day has been really insightful – I’ve learned about the processes that tech companies go through to develop products and a little bit about what it’s like to work for such an innovative company. I would definitely recommend the programme to other students – it’s been such a good experience!