ABP’s East Anglian ports support young talent at school STEM Fair

July 26, 2017

Caption: Mia Cuskeran, winner of the ABP Prize at the Sir John Leman High School STEM Fair

ABP’s East Anglian teams supported a STEM Fair held at the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, which saw the attendance of more than 800 students.

As part of the event, which was the culmination of a fortnight of STEM activities at the school, Year 8 students presented their Science projects in the hope to win the ABP Prize in the school’s Science Awards. The winning project, created by pupil Mia Cuskeran, was based on an exploration of the properties of the non-Newtonian fluid Oobleck.

Presentations were also given by ABP colleagues from the Ports of Lowestoft and Ipswich who wanted to pass on their knowledge and experience in the maritime industry. Information and case studies were provided to increase pupils’ awareness of the wide range of opportunities available and possible career paths in STEM, in the hope that more of them would consider choosing STEM subjects for their GCSEs.

Allison Copeman, Careers & Aspirations Manager at Sir John Leman High School, said: “We would like to thank ABP very much for supporting our STEM Fair on Friday and providing a Prize. It was wonderful to see the Year 8 Science projects at the STEM Fair, and these were complemented by the businesses and organisations who supported the event. The students presented their projects articulately and enthusiastically and had come up with a diverse range of interesting ideas.”

A film showing aerial footage of ABP’s ports along with info on its apprenticeship scheme were provided at ABP’s stand on the day. Pupils were also encouraged to pose any questions they had as well as help themselves to informational brochures.

Paul Ager, ABP Port Manager, East Coast, said: "Opening pupils’ minds to the vast range of career paths available in STEM as well as the opportunities available in the maritime industry is something we are very passionate about.

“By attending school STEM Fairs, we get the chance to speak to children directly and pass on to them some of the enthusiasm we have for our own careers. We are grateful to have the chance to support young talented pupils like Mia, the winner of our Prize, as they are the next generation of leaders and innovators in the STEM industry.”