On 16 November 2022, Technocamps received a STEM Inspiration Award for Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM. The award, sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), was presented by Baroness Brown of Cambridge at an awards ceremony in the House of Lords in London.
Technocamps is a pan-Wales schools, community and industry outreach programme based at Swansea University with hubs in every University across Wales. It is privileged to be among innovative companies, projects, and individuals winning these highly anticipated awards, which celebrate those championing and making a difference to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in the UK.
Prof Faron Moller, Director of Technocamps, noted, “Wales has a population spread out over a vast region. It has a rugged geography and few fast roads; and its secondary schools have an average catchment area of over 100 sq km. With Technocamps, we’ve overcome these challenges and established an effective means to engage with and upskill the various communities in Wales. We provide young people with inspirational workshops; their teachers with much-needed professional development; and everyone with opportunities which tackle the social mobility issues that can arise from geographical isolation. We are immensely proud to have our efforts recognised by this prestigious award.”
Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, says, “The recognition of Technocamps’ work as an outstanding educational initiative engaging with and upskilling different communities across Wales is to be celebrated, and I congratulate them on winning this award. By tackling the impact of poverty on attainment through initiatives like this, we can support every learner to realise their ambitions.”