Cardiff Commitment brings the public and private sectors together to work in partnership connecting young people to the vast range of opportunities available in the world of work. Ultimately, the goal of the Cardiff Commitment is to ensure that all young people in the city eventually secure a job that enables them to reach their full potential whilst contributing to the economic growth of the city. – From Cardiff Commitment Website
Through this partnership work the latest Grand Council brought together organisations to introduce pupils to a variety of STEM subjects. During the event professionals, from various organisations, asked the pupils their thoughts on whether there should be more emphasis on these types of subjects and how they should be taught.
The organisations involved in the Grand Council were; Welsh Water, Cardiff University, Techniquest, Technocamps & Cardiff Council and they delivered the following workshops; Astrophysics, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Nano science, Smart City, Techniquest Planetarium & VR in the Workplace.
A big thank you must go out to the KS3 Pupils from the 8 Secondary Schools who attended the day which were Cantonian, Fitzalan, Willows, Woodlands, Eastern, Mary Immaculate, Bishop of Llandaff & Corpus Christi.
What was clear from the evaluation data is that there is a strong desire among children to see more of these types of topics in the curriculum and to see external experts helping to deliver alongside teachers in schools.
The data is to be presented to the Cardiff Commitment SLG and to a mixed audience of business people, academics and teachers in March. This data should help shape the new curriculum and the Cardiff 2030 education strategy going forward. This is just the start of the dialogue.
Look out for further updates as this progresses and keep an eye out for details of the next Grand Council which will be held in May.