I work as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador for the Royal Air Force, one of the many projects that I am involved in is the Race For The Line Rocket Car Schools competition. The 2018 season is due to finish with the national final being held at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire at the end of the month. 500 schools and 65,000 students from around the country took part in this year’s competition, planning is well underway for the new season which begins in Sept.
Areas across the Yorkshire and North East regions are consistently listed as being in the poorest areas of achievement for school children, this is due to a number of reasons one of which is the lack of funds available in schools for them to spend on outside organisations to come into schools to deliver engagement events or to enter competitions like Race For The Line.
Of the top 20% worse performing areas detailed in the latest Social Mobility Study (which lists the areas of the country where children face the biggest challenges) the following are listed from within the regions where I deliver STEM engagement activities:
Yorkshire and the Humber: Barnsley, Bradford, Doncaster, Hambleton, North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough & Wakefield
North East: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough & Northumberland
The hope that I have is that by carrying out the work that I am trying to do it will help improve the chances of young people from all of these areas to realise their own protentional and to consider a job based around one of the STEM subjects.
All of the work will be free to schools if I can find enough business to support the work that I am doing.
Schools can be asked to pay up to £1600 a day to hold STEM events and simply a majority of schools from across the region cannot afford to do this so their students miss out on opportunities to experience new challenges and competitions.
2018 was the third season of the competition and saw continued growth in interest from schools around the region. The competition is open to every secondary school and see’s the whole of the Year 7 student group take part. My team and I have been to 20 schools this year and supported over 3500 students. I have attached a draft information flyer explaining a little more about Race For Line.
Each school is required to pay an entry fee of £600. This fee covers the training of two teachers and the required insurance policies for the school to hold their own race days. The training and insurances are valid for 3 years.
Ask of Business: Donate £600 in return for a 3 year sponsorship agreement with a school. This year we had 20 schools from the Tee’s Valley, North and East Yorkshire regions take part. The aspiration that I have for season 4 is to find 160 business from across the whole region who would be willing to donate the entry fee for the competition, this will enable me to offer the chance to take part in the new season to every secondary school across the reagion.
Sponsor Name: Kev Stannard
Location: Yorkshire and Humber
Sector: Corporate Events
Budget: 50k - 100k