11 June 2020
With students across the UK getting back to school with the start of the summer term, the 1851 Trust, INEOS TEAM UK’s official charity, has launched a new online platform, the Pupil Portal, on STEM Crew. Supported by INEOS, it provides young people with direct access to their learning resources, inspired by Britain’s challenge to win the America’s Cup.
In the current circumstances where most students are still unable to go to school, home-schooling has become more prevalent than ever. That is why the 1851 Trust is creating new ways of connecting pupils, parents and teachers and taking science beyond the textbook to engage young people in the cutting-edge technology of high-performance sport.
The Trust has opened up their STEM Crew online platform, supported by INEOS, and created free digital learning resources, including the launch of the Remote Learning Projects, allowing students to continue their learning while studying at home. These projects span areas from across the team’s America’s Cup challenge including human performance, design, the environment and technology.
Following feedback from teachers and parents currently home-schooling their children, the trust has now launched a new Pupil Portal that enables young people to sign up for direct access to the learning resources from home without having to go through parents and teachers.
The STEM resources use INEOS TEAM UK’s cutting-edge innovation and aspirational role models to harness the power of professional sport to challenge perceptions and engage students to share the opportunities science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) have to offer.
The 1851 Trust Patron and INEOS TEAM UK Skipper and Team Principal Ben Ainslie added, “The America’s Cup is one of the most challenging, technical and exciting sporting competitions in the world.
“When, back in 2014, we decided to assemble a team for our new challenge, we looked for the best designers, scientists and technology pioneers. What we had not anticipated was how difficult it would be to find British talent. Capable and intelligent young people across the country were simply not being exposed to the opportunities that science could bring.
“That is why we were inspired to set up the 1851 Trust, with the conviction that we could engage young people with science through the cutting-edge technology developed in sailing. It is a truly inspiring journey where sport and science collide.
“Over the past five years, we have already inspired thousands of young people from all backgrounds but now, more than ever in the current crisis, it is important to find new and innovative ways to engage with young people with STEM and continue their learning from home.
“The work the trust has done to quickly create these free digital resources and open them up for young people to use directly at home has been fantastic to see.”