BMAT STEM Academy’s new partnership

Students at the BMAT STEM Academy

BMAT STEM ACADEMY in Harlow has teamed up with another industry sponsor to offer students career opportunities in the world of renewable energy. The partnership will offer work experience, workshops, talks and opportunities to reach out into the industry for students. 

Currentlythe school provides students from Year 10 onwards with a curriculum focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, focusing on engineering, computer science and 3D design. 

Industry sponsors include the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Gratnells, GlaxoSmithKline, Raytheon and Pearson Education, which grant students with insider knowledge, work experience and career prospects. 

Common Sense Energy, in Harlow, is the latest company to partner with the school to develop future employees. 

Allen Harris, director at Common Sense Energy, has signed up as a professional partner and donated solar panels to the site. 

He said: “We decided to work with BMAT STEM Academy because it is a young and developing centre of excellence with the flexibility to harness new technologies. I believe the school has the ability to make real change in this world. 

“The young people in education today are more aware of the planet and the problems facing it than any generation before them. They are the ones who will lead the change in our world. 

“It is well documented that if we continue to use the earth’s resources at our current rate of growth, the human race will be extinct in about 100 years and we will suffer major consequences along the way. 

“It is essential students not only learn about these technologies, but are also able to see, touch, experiment with and help to develop them, too. 

Industry standard equipment will be issued to the students. Hopefully this will ensure students to be “prepared to design and install green energy solutions” which is “incredibly important going forward”, says Dave Ramsey, assistant headteacher.  

Guided tours of BMAT STEM Academy are taking place in October and November for students interested in places in Year 10 or 12 in 2020 and 2021. Book a tour via bmatstemacademy.org  

Our photo shows two students learning about new technology. 

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Clare Eggenton

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