Coventry Transport Museum engineers young people’s future with Brose UK
14 September 2016
A new programme will support 12,000 young people through a series of special activities during their visits to the Transport Museum. Young people from across the region will receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) boost thanks to a new partnership between Coventry Transport Museum and Brose UK.
Manufacturer Brose UK, which has been present in Coventry since 1989, has agreed to sponsor a new Learning Officer to work at the museum in a bid to engage with secondary school students. It is part of Brose UK’s approach to developing the next generation of engineers:
“We are very passionate about investing in skills and ensuring we get more young people interested in following a career in the automotive industry,” explained Juergen Zahl, Managing Director of Brose UK.
“Coventry was the centre of the automotive world for many years and we are slowly enjoying a renaissance, with significant investment in the car sector and a host of new technologies being developed by firms and Universities across the region.”
Mel Ballam has been appointed as the new Brose Learning Officer and is currently working with other members of the team at the museum to finalise a series of pilot sessions.
The scheme will see young people participating in a host of educational activities every year, with initial projects including:
Learning about the design of the Thrust car used in the land speed record through the creation of a balloon/soda powder car
Celebrating the great engineering minds of Coventry by coming up with a moving machine from recycled materials and then presenting it to other groups
Francis Ranford, Director of Learning and Engagement at Coventry Transport Museum, commented:
“We are delighted to have one of the city’s fastest growing manufacturers on board, supporting our learning activities that aim to enthuse and inspire.
“Without their sponsorship we wouldn’t have been able to employ a dedicated Learning Officer and we now believe we can make a real impact in spreading the STEM message, especially to secondary school pupils.”
She concluded: “We are now looking for schools to come forward and share their intention to take part. Our facilities are world class and we now have the resource needed to make the most of them.”