BAE apprentices spend the day teaching STEM to primary school pupils in Gosport

The winning team - Oliver Dixon, Oliver Twyman, Phoebe Hoyle and Summer Pretlove with the apprentices, from left, Olivia Ashman, Jordan Hinks and Dan Freeman

The winning team - Oliver Dixon, Oliver Twyman, Phoebe Hoyle and Summer Pretlove with the apprentices, from left, Olivia Ashman, Jordan Hinks and Dan Freeman

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PRIMARY school pupils got a little help from some of BAE’s apprentices in a drive to inspire interest in science, technology and maths.

Three from the firm’s Project Control Foundation Scheme spent the day at Haselworth Primary School in Stone Lane, Gosport.

They had devised a marble challenge for the children to work on to teach them about science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

About 20 children took part in the day, which culminated in competition to create the slowest path for a marble.

Apprentice Dan Freeman, from Fareham, said he was pleased to see the children being so enthusiastic.

Dan has been an apprentice at BAE, in Broad Oak Works, Hilsea, since September.

The 18-year-old said: ‘The kids were really enthusiastic.

‘They used their initiative and came up with some ideas that we didn’t expect.

‘They did really well and it was nice to see them enjoying the subject.’

Jordan Hinks, 22, from Paulsgrove and Olivia Ashman 19, from Lee-on-the-Solent, made up the apprentice team.

They had been working on the project since February.

Jordan said: ‘It was challenging but it has been rewarding, especially hearing feedback that the children are now interested in Stem and want to know more about apprenticeships.’

Deputy headteacher Kate Ashman said: ‘The apprentices came in to encourage the children to be creative and to inspire them to think about their future careers. They are never too young to be inspired, it’s all about knowing what’s out there.’

The triumphant team in the marble challenge included Summer Pretlove, 10, Oliver Twyman, 10, Phoebe Hoyle, 11, and Oliver Dixon, 11.

Oliver said: ‘It has been exciting because there were lots of challenges we had to face.

‘We were not given much money to spend, and Phoebe was trying to spend it all.’

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