Virgin Trains promotes science subjects to children

Published on : Friday, July 15, 2016

virgin trains logoVirgin Trains has teamed up with a York-based university to pilot a workshop which it will roll-out to schools across the UK.


The workshop, which aims to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, has been devised in partnership between Virgin Trains, the University of York and York Children’s University.


The pilot, which was held at Virgin Trains’ Talent Academy in York station, was attended by around 60 children and young people, and their families.


Entitled, “The Need for Speed”, it featured hands-on challenges around train design and speed, with classes introducing the science of aerodynamics and levitating trains.


There was also a glimpse of the near-future of high speed train travel on Virgin’s east coast route with a look at the company’s new 140mph Azuma trains which will be introduced from 2018.


Jennie Pitt, People Engagement & Corporate Responsibility Manager for Virgin Trains, said: “We’re committed to supporting communities on the route, and this includes working with schools.


“The workshop was such a success that we will take this to a number of schools across our 936-mile route. We will work with the schools to encourage children and young people to study STEM subjects and hopefully, one day, look towards the rail industry as a potential career option.”


Holly Hennell, acting manager of York Cares, the employee-volunteering charity that manages York Children’s University, said: “York CU is all about engaging children in experiences that capture their imagination and inspire dreams for the future, and this workshop certainly seemed to achieve this! It was fantastic to see families learning and having fun together to create the fastest train, made all the more exciting by getting to explore the Virgin Trains Academy!”


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