The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company has worked with Settle Primary School to build a STEM room in the primary school grounds. Opened on Wednesday 22nd June, the STEM room will promote science, technology, engineering, and math education, and make it accessible to local schools across the Settle-Carlisle line.

Settle Primary School, working with the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company, have been working towards a STEM curriculum, becoming the Roll Royce Science Prize Finalists and Employee Choice Winners (2018), Farmvention STEM National Finalists 2019 and 2020, and are currently the ONLY school in North Yorkshire to have been in three consecutive national STEM finals.

To develop the project further, a dedicated STEM classroom has been built within the school grounds. As well as being a STEM hub for the school, the studio will also be available for the community, and other schools along the Settle-Carlisle railway.

“We aim to work with schools along the Settle-Carlisle Railway Line to encourage STEM education to as many schools as possible” says Katie Chesworth, Projects & Social Media Manager of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. “We know how important STEM education is, and look forward to working with schools, and show the wide range of employment opportunities available within the rail industry”

The Settle-Carlisle Railway has been at the forefront of this project, sourcing funding from Northern Trains, Avanti West Coast, Cross Country Trains, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Community Rail Network, Settle Rotary, and Settle Middle School Legacy Fund.

Richard Wright, Executive Headteacher of Settle and Malhamdale Primary Partnership, says “With thanks to the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company , we now have a brand new STEM Studio resource that we can use to continue the important work we began before the Pandemic.”

“We now look forward with great excitement to championing the teaching and  learning of STEM subjects to children across the locality for many years to come and to continuing the momentum that was established pre-Covid 19. We are very grateful for the amazing support that we have received. It is most definitely true that without the help of our sponsors we would not have been able to have this superb facility”

Joanna Buckley, Community Manager at Avanti West Coast, said: “We’re delighted this classroom is now open, so Settle Primary School can expand their efforts to teach more children these important subjects. This new facility will help equip local schoolchildren with invaluable skills and knowledge that are vital for the transport sector, while making the Settle-Carlisle Railway a bigger part of the community by providing a space for people of all ages to meet.

“We want to connect young people to opportunity and by supporting this great initiative through our Community Rail Project Fund we hope to inspire the next generation to think about rail as a career and help them develop skills for the future.”

The STEM Studio plans to be open to the community as well, helping provide a new and unique space for groups to meet.

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