SMart Futures School Programme, England
‘SMart Futures’ was launched in 2010 to raise awareness of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The programme aimed to provide an insight in a fun and educational way of the wide range of qualifications, skills and expertise required by offshore wind farm developers in the future.
In 2010, SMart Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Mainstream and Siemens Project Ventures launched the SMart Futures progamme in collaboration with Humber Engineering Training Association (HETA) . The project was aimed at Year 9 (aged 13 and 14 year olds). The programme was a four year initiative engaging up to fifty-six schools in the Humber area.
In close collaboration with HETA, the programme included a number of presentations made by SMart Wind employees to local schools and colleges over the years to heighten awareness about renewable energy, offshore wind and the opportunities in these areas for employment and competitions for schools to name the individual wind farms within the Hornsea zone.
Beyond the original remit, SMart Futures has also been delivered into a Special Needs School near Hull, at the World Skills 2011 Event at the London Excel Conference Centre and has been pioneered as an exemplar STEM activity for Science teachers at York University undergoing initial teacher training.
The sale of SMart Wind was concluded in August 2015 to DONG Energy and the programme continues under the new ownership.
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SMart Future has engaged nearly 7,000 pupils and teachers with awareness-raising presentations and over 2,500 students and teachers into practical, hands-on technical workshops related to wind energy.