Shiregreen students discover the delights of Sheffield

(Back) Lee Widdowson, Denise Lyall, Nazia Khan, Shakila Ahmadi, James Fu. (Front) Mason Widdowson, George Lyall, Aqsa Khan, Jana Ahmadi, Ruby Broomhead, James Fu.

Shiregreen schoolchildren have been finding out about products that are designed and made on their home turf thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.

In exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sessions delivered by the work-wise Foundation, pupils from Hatfield Academy have been learning about things that are ‘Made in Sheffield’.

The South Yorkshire-manufactured products discussed in the workshops ranged from traditional cutlery and tools, to advanced engineering in industries such as medicine, sports, rail and aerospace.

Youngsters from years two and four also explored form and balance with their families, creating tall towers and then building contraptions to knock them over.

The sessions follow on from successful classes over the summer, which saw families designing and building a variety of innovative items, including cable cars and rockets.

It is hoped that the programme will encourage children to share STEM knowledge with people of different generations, and spark an interest in future careers in the field.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “All of this year’s sessions have shown the youngsters how exciting STEM can be, and how vital the related skills are for future employment.

“The interactive activities on offer were designed to encourage the families to share STEM learning and experiences, and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

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