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The Rolls-Royce Science Prize - Open to all schools in the UK, over 2,000 schools enter the competition each year. The programme aims to recognise and reward excellence in science teaching and contribute to teachers' continuing professional development. We award prize money totalling £120,000 to schools each year. Find out more by visiting the Science Prize website.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair - open to students aged 7-19 across the UK, this is the largest science and engineering fair in the UK. Rolls-Royce is one of a large number of STEM companies and organisations with exciting interactive STEM exhibition stands on the massive show floor. The 2014 show will be at the NEC in Birmingham, with 80,000 delegates expected.

Role models from the business (STEM Ambassadors, Governors, Early Career population) go out regularly into schools near to our major sites and to STEM events to provide hands-on STEM activities, workshops and projects.

School Governors: 300+ employees act as school governors in local UK schools. We run an annual Rolls-Royce School Governors' Fund which offers schools with a RR governor the chance to bid for funding of up to £1,000 for STEM projects in their schools.

STEM Ambassadors - there are around 400 STEM Ambassadors in Rolls-Royce, who undertake regular hands-on activities in schools to promote Science, Technology, engineering and Maths.

High Flyers - Age 5-11 (Derby and Bristol)
High Flyers is a 2.5 hour interactive workshop for primary school pupils in years 1-6. It takes place in school. Using drama, music and rhythm the pupils go on a journey by aircraft to three islands where they meet a local resident who sets them problems to solve and tasks to carry out to explore ideas about engineering and jet engines. They collect buzzwords such as communication, teamwork and learn more about science and engineering in a fun and informative way. On completion of their tasks and the journey they become High Flyers. The programme has been running since 1999 with a new group of graduate and apprentice trainees taking responsibility for organizing and delivering performances in local schools each year.

Bright Sparks - Age 7-11
This education project is designed to increase awareness amongst Years 3-6 children of the sources of renewable energy and the benefits and challenges of their use in everyday life through a series of hands-on practical experiments and interactive exercises.

The two-hour activity includes an interactive discussion of renewable energy, fun and hands on experiments and a discussion of the outcomes.
By the end of the session, the children should be able to:

  • Identify renewable and non-renewable energy sources
  • State several advantages and challenges of renewable energy in general
  • Gain experience setting up a simple experiment and recording results
  • Plot a simple graph of results
  • Draw simple conclusions from the experiments
  • Participate in an interactive discussion of the results and of renewables in general

Journey Through Engineering & Technology - JET Age 9-11
JET is a project undertaken to run regular school visits to our Heritage Trust Exhibition. The JET school visits are complemented by a Rolls-Royce themed education resource pack targeted at Key Stage 2 pupils.
The project aims to inspire interest in science and technology and develop links with local schools and to promote pride and respect for the local area.

Science Alliance - Y1-6 / age 5-11
Science Alliance - our employees are involved regularly in science lessons, supporting teachers and helping pupils understand science concepts in a practical way.

Schools for Engineering Project - Age 11 - 16
Designed and run by our graduate and apprentice trainees, hosting groups of between 30-40 students from year 7 - 11 students. The visit incorporates a tour of the Heritage Trust exhibition where students can view a full size Rolls-Royce Trent engine. In smaller groups, the students tour the exhibition, which takes them through the product cycle - marketing, design, manufacturing, building, testing and selling.

Earning & Learning - Age 13 - 15
A team of Apprentices target Year 9-10 students specifically for the Rolls-Royce apprenticeship programme through organising a presentation and engineering activity within the school. The purpose of the project is for current apprentices to share their experiences of working for Rolls-Royce whilst giving pupils an insight into current apprentice opportunities within the Company.

Smallpeice Trust - Age 13-14
Smallpeice was an engineer who left money for a trust fund to promote engineering to young people. One of the Trust's activities is to run residential programmes for 14 year olds. On Day 2 & 3 we support by providing a Design/Make/Test activity, which is related to our industry. We support the residential courses at some of the country's leading universities and they all offer young, aspiring engineers the chance to connect with industry professionals and technical specialists.

Pure Flight - Age 13-14
Pure Flight is for Y9 students, and is a fun and interactive half day workshop in which teams of students compete to design and make a glider with the best all-round performance. Building on the Key Stage 3 syllabus, the teams will discover how forces can make planes fly and birds soar while being challenged to put what they've learnt into practice. Run in schools by Rolls-Royce, the workshop aims to inspire by showing students the diverse ways in which STEM subjects and skills are used both in industry and in the world around them.

UK Power Planning Challenge - Age 14-16
This challenge is designed to develop an understanding of the kinds of issues considered when examining options to meet the UK's future electricity requirements. The pupils work in teams of 5 - 7 and are tasked with selecting a UK energy mix for a target cost and within a carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions cap. The pupils are provided with information on the advantages and disadvantages of different technologies including wind energy, nuclear, tidal, clean coal and gas-fired plant. The pupils are required to populate a table of costs and CO 2 emissions for technology, giving reasons for their proposed mix. This is a half day activity which is delivered in schools.

Kick Off + Take Off - Age 12-13
Rolls-Royce and Derby County Football Club (DCFC) have embarked on a new and innovative partnership to develop a school-based programme,
Utilising the Club's "Pro Zone" technology that tracks all players' movement and statistics during matches; together Rolls-Royce and DCFC have developed a unique "Maths & Science" activity for schools. The activity involves lots of interactive activities delivered by Rolls-Royce employees and DCFC team members.

The activity is engaging and fun as well as educational with clear links to both organisations using the Prozone technology.

Physics at Work - Age 14-16 (run at Cambridge University)
The primary aim of this exhibition is to stimulate interest and encourage wider participation in physics amongst 14-16 year olds by showcasing the many and varied ways in which physics is used in the real everyday world.

The exhibition is based upon interaction between active scientific researchers and potential scientists. This will help to spread the excitement of modern physics. This is a 3 day exhibition based at Cambridge University running interactive workshop activities and presentations.

High Flyers - Age 5-11 (Derby and Bristol)
High Flyers is a 2.5 hour interactive workshop for primary school pupils in years 1-6. It takes place in school. Using drama, music and rhythm the pupils go on a journey by aircraft to three islands where they meet a local resident who sets them problems to solve and tasks to carry out to explore ideas about engineering and jet engines. They collect buzzwords such as communication, teamwork and learn more about science and engineering in a fun and informative way. On completion of their tasks and the journey they become High Flyers. The programme has been running since 1999 with a new group of graduate and apprentice trainees taking responsibility for organizing and delivering performances in local schools each year.

Forces and Motion - Primary years 5-6 (ages 9-11)
The workshop is divided into two main sections. The first contains presentations, discussion and pupil participation linked to the Science curriculum. The second involves the pupils working in small teams to design, build and test a jet-powered aircraft. The activity is run at Rolls-Royce Filton.

The Rolls-Royce FanTastic Challenge - Secondary Year 8 (ages 12-13)
The Rolls-Royce FanTastic Challenge is a competition between Bristol schools to design and make the fastest, most efficient and most powerful electrically driven fan powered vehicles. The competition has several elements to it and this project is delivered both at Rolls-Royce and at local schools.

The Flying Start Challenge
The Flying Start Challenge, initiated by the Campaign to Promote Engineering, is a school competition now in its ninth year. Its mission is to inspire the next generation of young engineers through team-based interactive learning. Designed in line with the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, it is open to Year 7-9 pupils from local schools who, as part of an after-school club or Design & Technology project, work in teams to design, build and test a model glider with support from engineers from their sponsoring companies.

Local schools then compete at regional heats held in the Gloucester/Cheltenham, Bristol and Yeovil areas. The winning schools then progress to the Grand Final at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

There is a website which may give some more information: www.flyingstartchallenge.co.uk

Rolls-Royce/ Royal Albert Hall/ Cirque du Soleil project, aims to support teachers at Key Stage 2 deliver the design and technology curriculum whilst engaging pupils in the practical application of engineering principles within an arts performance environment. Rolls-Royce engineers team up with teachers and pupils to support them throughout this process.