During 2018 the Dudgeon Community Fund has awarded grants to four innovative projects that were successful in securing funding through its education “STEM Programme”, and the Dudgeon Community Fund is now inviting applications for grants from organisations wishing to deliver STEM education initiatives to secondary school pupils across Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland during 2019.
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm has committed to a yearly investment of £100,000 to its Community Fund for the lifetime of the wind farm, and in 2019 the STEM Programme will once again target projects which will inspire pupils to go on and study the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in either Sixth Form or Technical College. The objective is for this to inspire students to consider a future with STEM at the core – either through employment or further education.
On 20 November 2018 Sonja Chirico Indrebø, the Dudgeon Power Plant Manager based in Great Yarmouth, was a guest of Sheringham High School in North Norfolk; she was presenting certificates to the winning teams who had taken part in a robotics development programme which had received funding from the Dudgeon Community Fund during 2018, and took the opportunity to announce that the Dudgeon Community Fund would be open for 2019 grant applications until 14 January 2019, saying:
“As well as this exciting robotics development programme, other projects which received grant funding during 2018 included an inter-school challenge surrounding a single seat electric racing car, an out-of-hours school ‘Maker Shed’ project and a series of interactive energy days delivered to schools in the Great Yarmouth and Breckland regions of Norfolk.”
She added: “My colleagues and I are really looking forward to reviewing the applications for 2019 funding as I am confident they will include some exciting approaches which will inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists which will be critical to the future success of the energy industry locally and nationally.”
Non-fee paying schools and other organisations delivering government funded national curriculum education are encouraged to make application for funding, as are not-for-profit companies, voluntary groups and charities accustomed to working with this age group.
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