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STEM Update - Updated: 13/08/2020
In the academic year 2019-20, SATRO were set to inspire 9,093 Primary and Secondary School students through our STEM One Day Activities and Cross School Challenges across the South East. This would have been an increase of (over 50%) from academic year 2018-19. However, due to the unprecedented situation we were unable to deliver all of our activities and have had to postpone them until the next academic year but looking ahead, a lot of these are now booked for next year so we plan to be back doing what we love and inspiring the next generation of STEM Professionals.
However, we have not been quiet during these times. The team has been busy adapting and coming up with new ideas. We ran our first ever virtual Careers Speed Networking activity which was a huge success with 148 students participating online and 10 volunteers from industry. More information on our Careers Speed Networking activity can be found here. Get in touch to discuss how we can run this virtually for you or if you are interested in volunteering, also get in touch via email@example.com
In response to the COVID19 crisis, we have also been posting weekly STEM resources for teachers, students and parents for both Primary and Secondary School students which can be found here. Lots of great information on a range of topics from climate change to life sciences, engineering to space each with plenty of careers information.
In April SATRO took the unprecedented (and sad) decision to suspend the Research programme for this year due to COVID-19. We asked all our providers for ‘a day in the life of’ summaries to give the students a flavour of the many types of roles that are available in the professional environments.
Following SATRO’s hard work to develop an on-line policy, In May, we reached out to our wonderful providers to propose a virtual solution and to get around any social distancing rules - The response was amazing. We asked for suitable titles that the students could research over the summer and devise a short essay and either a PP or a poster with their findings. We had a total of 48 students who applied and 29 who took up the challenge.
This week we have introduction meetings with all the providers and the students to give them some back ground information and set them off on their research journey. The providers are very keen to guide the students through the process and interim/weekly meeting will be held to gauge progress and offer support.
All entries will be judged by the providers at the end of August and an overall judging panel taken from our trustees will feed the results into the SATRO Awards in 2021.
SATRO has also just launched our brand new inter school challenge ‘Virtual Health Apprentice’.
The people who work for our Health Services have been bravely dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and saving lives. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions have had to adapt to a different way of working, but can our Health services be improved further? Students will be sent weekly tasks to complete over 7 weeks and the best project will win a prize. More information can be found here.
SATRO are also part of two ERASMUS+ programmes as part of international teams of schools and universities looking at Sustainability and Cyber security for primary aged students. The Colourful World project is developing an online Sustainability game for Primary students and the game testing will take place next term in the UK, Poland and Portugal. CyberAdventure started this year and will educate children on how to use digital media safely and the other countries involved are Portugal, Spain and Lithuania.
Our STEM Tutor undertook a 2 day course at the European Space Agency in Belgium and we are using this knowledge to develop our Robotics provision and we have recently acquired iPads and Virtual Reality headsets which will further enhance our programmes.
It’s been a crazy few months, but we’ve enjoyed coming up with new ideas and adapting to the ‘new normal’ we can’t wait to see you all again soon. Stay tuned for more updates on our other programmes.
Introducing Louise - Updated: 14/07/2020
My name is Louise, I’m currently a 2nd year undergraduate student at Imperial College London and I’ll be completing a summer internship with SATRO this summer.
I first heard about SATRO when I was in Year 10 at George Abbot, Guildford and took part in one of their Maths Challenges - it was a great opportunity for me to be able to apply what I’d learnt in the classroom to solve more innovative and abstract problems. Since then, I’ve continued to focus on STEM, taking the 3 sciences and further maths at A-Level, before completing a gap year placement in science education.
Having spent the year working in STEM and Outreach, I’ve realised that I very much enjoy working with young people and helping inspire others with passion for science. It’s important for students to realise that these subjects are about so much more than past papers and mark schemes, and having the opportunity to take part in practical experiments and industry based challenges like the schemes offered by SATRO is an excellent way to encourage “thinking outside the box”.
During my summer project, I’ll be working closely with the team at SATRO to develop new resources for the next academic year. We’ll be focusing on interdisciplinary subject links between the 3 sciences as well as basic economics and the Skills Builder framework all while aligning resources with as many as the UN Sustainable Development Goals as possible, to help students develop essential skills for 21st century life and workplace.
Overall, I’m grateful to have this opportunity, supported by the Careers Office at Imperial and am looking forward to the next few months!
STEM Extended Research Placements for Year 12 Students - Updated: 05/06/2020
We have been working behind the scenes to make it possible for our Extended Research Placement Scheme to continue running over the Summer Term. We have been working with our wonderful providers to produce innovative STEM related essay questions, to enable students to still actively participate in the scheme but by virtually working from home. All final essays will be presented back to the provider for judging and the winners and runners up will be presented with an award at the SATRO Awards evening later on in the year for the most inventive essay. For more information and to register, click here.
Colourful World - Game Preview - Updated: 06/05/2020
Click below to watch a quick sneak peak of the game SATRO has been involved with developing with six other partners - the aim of the project is to develop an innovative pedagogical tool for the sustainable development of children aged 6-10, which is based on play and aims to raise children's interest in science. The method involves the use of computer games in education intended for us in the formal, outside the formal and informal context of teaching.
SATRO Updates - Updated: 29/04/2020
IMPORTANT: SATRO Problem Solving Challenge Final CANCELLED - Updated: 20/04/2020
We've been closely monitoring unprecedented situation and it's become clear that it just isn't possible for the SATRO Problem Solving Challenge Final 2020 to go ahead. This decision hasn't been taken lightly and we're beyond disappointed. We extend our apologies to all of you including the students who did an amazing job to get to the final.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
SATRO Problem Solving Challenge Final - Updated: 11/03/2020
All of the Problem Solving Challenge heats have now taken place. Please feel free to share any photos you had taken at the events. The final will take place at ACS Cobham International School (KT11 1BL) on 26th March 2020. We ask the winners and runners up from all heats to arrive for 4:30pm for a 5pm start. The event will conclude at around 7:30pm.
RECRUITING: Mobile Construction Tutor
We are currently recruiting for a Mobile Construction Tutor to expand our BTEC Level 1 Construction classes into schools across Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire. You will teach weekly sessions to 14-16 year olds in schools across all ability ranges but particularly to those seeking to re-engage in their education and gain a vocational qualification for the future. You will have a fully kitted-out van with tools and materials, work term time plus two weeks to a morning and afternoon session of 8-10 students. We offer a pension, laptop and will have trade and fuel cards. Part-time applications welcomed.
We are looking for a self-motivated tutor with experience of the construction industry, teaching, marking, assessment and providing guidance to young people as they develop their career pathway. We will also favour those with some experience of the construction industry itself to join our existing team of six tutors.
You will have a full clean driving licence and the position is subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Flexibility and enthusiasm are essential. As a charity we offer the opportunity to impact young people who need the support and opportunities they are all too often not receiving within the formal academic programme.
ERASMUS - Cyber Adventure. Updated: 03/02/2020
CyberAdventure is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The project is a collaboration that brings different areas of expertise and different national perspectives on online safety, pedagogy and learning games together to cooperate and exchange experiences in an effort to develop, disseminate and provide the community with the competences to address this issue.
The consortium includes the Aston University (UK), SATRO (UK), Advancis (Portugal), Boon (Portugal), the UAB Karalienes Mortos Mokykla (Lituania) and CEIP San Fernando School (Spain).
COMPETITION - Colourful World. Updated: 13/12/2019
SATRO are involved in a very exciting project called Colourful World which is a project for children, teachers, parents and for all that hold an interest in Sustainable Development Education and Computer Learning Games.
Colourful World is a project promoted by six organisations belonging to four different European countries and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme.
There is a competition for pupils (aged 6-10) to take part in for a chance to win a surprise prize! Please click the button below to read the competition aims and rules and how to enter. Good luck!
ESA Training: Updated: 05/12/2019
Our STEM Tutor, Carl has just returned from a two day Robotics training course at the ESA Euro Space Centre at Transinne in Belgium. A total of 25 primary educators from eight European countries were present. The group also visited the ESA facility at Redu.
We look forward to developing our Robotics programme now!
Colourful World! Updated: 22/10/2019
Giorgia and Carl have just come back from Portugal after some successful meetings on the Colourful World project which SATRO is involved in.
The aim of the project is to develop an innovative pedagogical tool for the sustainable development of children aged 6 to 10, which is based on play and aims to raise children's interest in science. The method involves the use of computer games in education intended for use in the formal, outside the formal and informal context of teaching.
The game will include a guide for teachers that will help and facilitate its use during educational activities.
The project is implemented by six partners: two from Great Britain, two from Portugal, one from Poland and one from Greece.
These are higher education institutions, educational authorities, schools and companies.
Click below for more information.
SATRO exhibits at the World Space Day exhibition on 4th October 2019. Updated: 08/10/2019
Celebrating the achievements in STEM at our annual SATRO Awards! Updated: 04/10/2019
SATRO Mobile Construction Classroom.
We are pleased that we have successfully started our Mobile Construction Classroom provision this year with six tutors on the road teaching 37 sessions every week. As we await our final student registrations we are looking forward to supporting up to 250 students this year.
We welcome back into the second year of their study for the BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction the 96 students continuing from last year. They will be covering some of the more detailed units in the course including brickwork, plumbing, electrics, carpentry and joinery.
We welcome three new schools to the SATRO provision and welcome back a school who have used our mobile classroom in the past. All together we are supporting 23 schools of which many have chosen the course to support students who wish to move into the construction industry and we support eight schools who provide for special needs students and three as pupil referral units.
Those starting the course this year will be starting their studies with our introductory unit on Producing a Timber Product which will bring together an understanding of the construction industry, health and safety, working safely as a team as well as the technical skills they will require for the unit.
What we aim to provide all our students are the vocational and work skills which will support them in their future career choices and our tutors support the host schools in that pathway through careers and parents evenings where appropriate.
We wish all our students success for their studies this year and thank our many funders who make this programme accessible to the full range of schools and so many students.
Shanly: 50th Anniversary People Making Places Exhibition. Updated: 19/09/2019
"It was a real pleasure to participate in the preparation of the Shanly Group exhibition and to attend the opening ceremony on Monday 16th September. Shanly have been great supporters of our Mobile Construction Classrooms and it was particularly interesting to hear the story behind Michael Shanly's early years. His start in the industry very much reflects where our construction classroom students are today in their potential career pathway. We will be working with Shanly Foundation to look at integrating some of the examples on how the industry has changed over 50 years into our teaching and to highlight the possibilities within the construction industry." - Anne Edward, SATRO Managing Director
TT Electronics Abseil Challenge! Updated: 06/09/2019
SATRO are delighted that TT Electronics team in Woking have nominated us their Charity of the Year. Andrew and Sumneek from the Woking offices will take part in abseiling the iconic Baltic Flour Mill on Newcastle/Gateshead quayside. Starting from the roof of the Baltic's viewing box and abseiling down to the ground on a 40m line past the gallery's famous scenic lifts.
We would particiularly like to wish Andrew and Sumneek good luck!
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Welcoming our new Fundraiser! - Updated: 04/09/2019
We would like to welcome our new Fundraising Manager, Amanda Croft-Pearman.
Amanda began her career in advertising and marketing but made the move into the voluntary sector over 25 years ago by joining the NSPCC. She was then involved in the Full Stop Appeal, the NSPCC'S millennium appeal that raised over £250 million. She worked on large £1m+ fundraising campaigns in partnership with Burger King, Mars and Sega and then managed Phase 2 of Children's Promise - a 7 charity partnership that raised over £2m. Since then she has worked as a freelance consultant working with a variety of different charities including Chailey Heritage School, The Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate, The Royal College of Pathologists and Oracle Cancer Trust. Before joining SATRO, she was Head of Fundraising at Kent Association for the Blind.
COMING SOON: Cyber Challenge. Updated: 23/08/2019
SATRO is running a Cyber Challenge with invited partners, SEROCU, the regional cyber police outreach team.
Students can take part in a live cyber crime incident, learning the pitfalls of the Computer Misuse Act and hear about the rewarding and lucrative academic and professional opportunities in the cyber space.
Problem Solving Challenge in Uganda! Updated: 08/08/2019
"In July 2019 the successful Problem Solving Challenge competition run by SATRO in the UK was trialed in Uganda in Seeta High School on the outskirts of Kampala. The event was run in conjunction with Makerere University BioMed Engineering department.
Various graduates and researchers assisted with judging and the department lead Dr Robert Ssekitoleko gave a presentation on STEM careers and the potential for teams of problem solvers to make a difference in Uganda. See below to see what happened on the day of the final!" - Paul Endersby.
Problem Solving Challenge in Uganda! Updated: 07/08/2019
Our Brand New Primary School Programme - Updated: 06/08/2019
Energy Monitoring Challenge:
An opportunity to put your students at the heart of your school's energy sustainability project and see how they can make the school real monetary savings!
We offer the chance for 10 primary schools to take part in a fully funded year long programme to monitor their school's energy consumption real-time. Starting with an Energy Workshop we will support them across the year as part of your STEM or ECO club in influencing how the school, staff and students can be more energy conscious and make real savings on their energy bills. Those savings can then be re-invested in STEM education to support your students' ability to influence the solutions of making our world a sustainable place to live. The challenge will end with a presentation ceremony at Philips in Guildford.
Sponsored and supported by Philips, PowerCor and TR Control Systems the first 10 state schools will be fully funded. Energy metering can be done through your existing SMART meter or by the addition of a small stand-alone meter installed and funded by the project.
Why Not Start A Syndicate Today? - Updated: 02/08/2019
Guildford Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Guildford, including SATRO! Play the lottery, support Guildford - it's that simple!
SATRO has been providing a much loved and valued service for the community since 1984.
We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our services! We help young people understand the importance of education and to see the value of it through our hands-on and innovative programmes.
As school budgets decrease, they cannot afford to pay us what it costs us to deliver our services. Your funding directly helps all the young people we work with!
Thank you for your support and good luck!
Success For Our Newly Launched Programmes 2018-19! Updated: 18/07/2019
In this last academic year, we launched three new programmes which have proved to be a huge success with schools. They recognise the latest trends in the use of STEM subjects to solve real-world problems and inspire students to improve their knowledge and consider career pathways that are new to them.
In Primary Schools, we launched the World of Energy which brings to life the concepts of where our energy comes from and the principles of sustainabilty.
In Secondary Schools, we launched our Future Transport programme which focuses students on the key question: how would they change the way we travel in congested urban areas?
In our Mobile Classroom schools, we launched a CAD and 3D printing workshop to extend their understanding of the latest technologies in the design and construction industries.
We thank our SATRO Associates: Chris, Hugh and Phil who have brought these new workshops to life and the schools who have hosted our pilot sessions. We also thank our funders who have made them possible!
World of Energy: Air Products, Exxon Mobil, People's Postcode Lottery, UNUM
Future Transport: Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
CAD/3D Printing: CareTech, Tesco Bags for Help
Problem Solving Challenge in Uganda! Updated: 17/07/2019