A big week for STEM at W6

Last week sixth formers from SRWA sixth form, W6, hosted an evening at world renowned engineering firm Ricardo in Shoreham for Year 10 students.

The purpose of the event was to promote and showcase the many and varied career paths leading from studying STEM subjects. The sixth formers co-managed the event and spoke to the Year 10 students and their families about the study options and benefits of further study in STEM. There were many fantastic examples of engineering excellence on display. No cameras were allowed into the top secret inner sanctum of Ricardo’s projects in development but tours and talks were given in small groups sworn to secrecy (with tape put over mobiles phones to block photos).

The same week more STEM recognition came in the form of accolades at the Big Bang South East (a festival celebrating young people’s achievements in science and engineering). SRWA picked up two prizes for sixth former Jonty Orford’s project “Antioxidant capacity and anthocyanin levels in blueberry and cranberry juices before, during and after gut processes to look at possible effect as a urinary tract infection treatment.”

He won the ‘Edwards prize for technology’ trophy and also came runner up in the overall Big Bang South East award for science (senior). Pipped to the post by one of the many entries from Oriel.

Well done all. Great work! 


Exploring STEM Subjects at W6

Interested in exploring STEM subjects at sixth form and W6?

Thinking about Sixth Form choices and STEM?

Are you in year 10 and beginning to think about your choice of sixth form and the subjects you’ll study once you’ve finished your GCSEs? Maybe you aren’t even sure what you want to do, but are keen to find out about different courses and careers.

The world renowned engineering firm Ricardo and W6 Sixth Form at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy are hosting an evening about careers and further study in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for students in year 10 and their parents. The event will be held at the impressive Centenary Innovation Centre at Ricardo’s Shoreham Technical Centre. The evening will be held on Wednesday 20th June, from 6 – 7:30pm.

About the Evening

Join us at 6pm as junior engineers, recent graduates and other Ricardo personnel share their stories of their education and the career paths that led them to where they are today.

There will be an opportunity to speak with Ricardo staff about their jobs and their studies. W6 Sixth Form students following STEM courses will also be ready and willing to have a chat about life in sixth form, how it differs to GCSEs, and the choices they made. They will also be able to offer any advice that may help you in deciding your next steps. Teaching staff from W6 Sixth form will be on hand to discuss the subjects you could choose and what they involve.

There will be the chance to get hands-on with some engineering challenges and to get a feel for what engineering and STEM is all about.

The Tour

Following all of this, you will be able to take a tour around the world class production facilities where some of the most impressive engineering solutions have been developed and made.

And before you start believing this is an event aimed at boys, think again. The world of STEM is ready and waiting for talented young women, so come along.

Find out more:

If you are interested and want to find out more, please see the EventBrite site, or alternatively visit our dedicated Facebook event page. We look forward to working closely once again with Ricardo.