Get set for science
Everyone is looking for the formula for gold medal success – but for students across the country, this is being incorporated into their curriculum, through a programme that uses Olympic-themed problems to get more young people interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Part of the the London 2012 education programme Get Set, the STEM Challenge is developing young people’s creativity, problem-solving and employability as well as widening their choices and increasing the UK’s future competitiveness in an increasingly high tech economy.
The teams are set tasks which use a mixture of hands-on testing, experimental work and research to solve the problem. Selected finalists present to a Dragon’s Den-style judging panel and can win prizes for their school.
Winning innovations include creating a wetsuit for a leading paratriathlete to designing a new breathable rowing glove - which is being commercially developed by adidas.
You can find out more about some of the exciting challenges and winners so far on the STEM Challenge website.
Discover new places
How well do you know your local area? A nationwide community project is asking people to look again at the buildings, countryside and environment around them to help us create a green legacy from the Games.
Discovering Places is part of the London 2012 Festival, and includes events, interactive programmes and education projects to encourage people to celebrate and discover the history and nature on their doorstep.
Among the projects is Meet the Species, which hopes to run the largest survey project ever in an attempt to find and collect data on 2,012 rare species so that environmental agencies can create better habitats to secure their future.
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