North Devon Primary School STEM challenge

North Devon Primary School STEM challenge!

What is the challenge?

Spaghetti Challenge 2016!

  • The challenge is FREE, with a chance to win cash for STEM in your school
  • We will come to your school at a mutually convenient time to carry out the challenge.  Please note that this is limited to 10 schools on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Or alternatively you can carry out your own challenge, more details on the form attached.
  • In 15 minutes teams will need to:
    • Build a free-standing tower that will hold the egg for at least 30 seconds, using only the equipment provided.
    • The egg must be within the top 10 cm of the structure.
    • Using the same structure, load on as many eggs as you feel is safe and then time for 30 seconds
  • Two cash prizes!
    • First:           £75.00 – for the team who can build the tallest tower to hold an egg!!
    • Second:      £25.00 – for the strongest structure, which holds the most eggs!!
  • The entry form attached provides additional information.
  • If you would like to enter, please complete and email the entry form to Lisa Hutchings, by FEBRUARY 12th
  • All Schools must have participated and submitted evidence by the 29th April 2016.




Untapped talent

Does your business require a high work ethic, low absenteeism and excellent attention to detail?

This special breakfast meeting had a panel of experts and guest speakers from: The National Autistic Society, North Devon District Hospital, SWM Waste Recycling, Toller Beattie Solicitors and The Calvert Trust.

This event was kindly hosted by the North Devon Manufacturers Association.

Register for your Untapped Talent employer information pack here


Pupil & Employer Engagement Programme

The aim of PEEP is to grow a successful and ambitious future workforce that better meets the needs of employers and offers a greater potential contribution to the local economy. The programme achieves this through a series of workplace visits and activities for eleven year olds as they arrive at secondary school.


View a film of the PEEP youngsters here

According to a City & Guilds Survey of 2000 young people, Pupils that had contact at least four times with employers were five times more likely to be in employment, education or training.

Meanwhile, only 14% of pupils that received careers advice from a teacher rated this as very useful compared to 39% from an employer visit. The employer visit statistic increases to 88% for 16-18 year-olds. However, only 16% of 14-16 year-olds had visited an employer.

The ESB secured funding from Torridge District Council, to establish the first PEEP pilot, with three schools bringing together a cohort of 36 pupils who they felt would benefit most from the initiative.

With two programmes now running in Torridge and North Devon and a third cohort planned to start in September 2015, the PEEP initiative will form a case study for the Local Enterprise Partnerships’ Enterprise Education Task & Finish Group. This, alongside four other selected pilots, will form a best practice model for the LEP with the potential to expand these initiatives across Devon & Somerset.