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STEM Zone

The Kineton STEM Zone is a fully flexible modern classroom, capable of accommodating young people of all ages, in a unique and inspiring setting. Launched in September 2019, the classroom is an integral part of DM Kineton’s Community Engagement offering. Since opening, the STEM zone has played host to numerous groups, including the two highlighted below.

The Stratford Sea Cadets visited for a STEM taster session. 12 of the younger Cadets, aged 11-13, joined us for hands on Engineering and Coding activities. Utilising the MTa kits they built free standing "spiders web's" and were timed how long it took their team to pass from one side to the other. They also got to grips coding the BBC micro:bit and raced Sphero robots around an assault course. Feedback from the night was very positive and we'll be welcoming the Sea cadets back soon.

The STEM Zone also played host to 12 young people on an 8-week mentoring programme, when the Kineton STEM team partnered with the DFN MoveForward scheme. Members of the Kineton STEM team mentored young people with Specific Educational Needs, through a work skills BTEC, helping to prepare the young people for employment as their time in formal educational comes to an end. At the end of each session the participants took part in a practical STEM activity which they all enjoyed and helped to develop team work and leadership skills.

The STEM Zone is a unique informal educational setting, located within the Defence Munitions Kineton estate. It can be used as a base for visiting various working sections or as a destination itself, to take part in engaging activities that will enthuse and educated young people of all ages. From micro:bit and crumble coding sessions, hands on engineering with our MTa kits and Kapla blocks, to completing assault courses with our Sphero and LEGO robots and of course what better setting to design, build and launch your very own rocket! These are just examples of the activities we can offer as outreach or hosted in our STEM Zone. Our STEM store has many more so there is always something to suit any age group and any ability.

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