Children get a rocketing but in a good way

02 December 2013

Freescale invites East Kilbride schools to build ‘rocket cars’ with Richard Noble as part of its STEM activities.

Local schools were invited to Freescale’s East Kilbride technology centre to get hands on experience of building their own rocket cars as part of the company’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) activities.

World Land Speed record  holder Richard Noble OBE was in attendance. He made a presentation to the children showing a number of videos featuring land speed record challenges which were truly inspirational. He described the challenge of encouraging young people to undertake careers in engineering, noting that in the 1960s and 1970s children were inspired by the Apollo projects heading off to the moon but since then there has not been a similar level of adventure to inspire.

Richard spent time talking to the children as they conducted their rocket builds and provided great encouragement during the launch of the rocket cars which was won by the St Andrews and St Brides school, East Kilbride.

Freescale’s Technical Enrichment Matrix (TEM) events are intended to provide a platform for sharing the technical achievements within Freescale facilities around the world. The UK TEM was hosted in East Kilbride, with participation from Germany and the Czech Republic.

The EKB TEM also incorporated tours of the Test Development Lab and the global premiere of an ESD training video produced by the graduates who joined EKB in 2013.

The company made the comparison with the call from John Cridland, CBI chief last week, that business leaders want more focus from schools on creativity, curiosity, tenacity, self-confidence and good manners, as well as high academic standards.

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