CGI Young Dreamers convention for local students inspires careers in STEM – FE News

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CGI UK hosted the CGI Young Dreamers Convention on June 30, 2022 at Lord’s Cricket Ground. This STEM event was designed for schools in Redbridge; bringing together clients and CGI members to work in partnership with the London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) East, Oaks Park High School, Chadwell Heath Academy and Caterham High School. Designed to inspire, the goal of the event was to encourage students to seriously consider careers and futures in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and/or government agencies.

Prior to the CGI Young Dreamers convention, CGI hosted Innovation Days with eighth and ninth graders, dividing them into four groups. Each group received one of four dissertations related to a different STEM topic. They were:

  • Science– To design improvements to a customer’s location to help reduce their carbon footprint and become more nature-friendly (government)
  • Technology– Analyze technology that can be used to improve policing and understand how its implementation affects different stakeholders (Public Safety)
  • Engineering– Design modifications to make a courtroom more accessible and inclusive, within a defined budget (Justice)
  • Math– Organize a fundraising event for The MCC Foundation Charity (Marlybone Cricket Club – convention host)

During the “innovation days”, where the teams first read the briefs, the students developed proposals and presented their initial thoughts. The most innovative projects were selected to qualify for the final organized by the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Students pitched their ideas in a 10-minute “Dragons Den”-style pitch to a panel of CGI clients and executives and also presented their thinking in a science fair.

Michael Herron, senior vice president of CGI UK, said:

“Inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals has been and always will be important to us at CGI. This event was a fun and interactive way to encourage young local talent to engage with STEM topics and demonstrate how the challenges facing our society today can be addressed. It was great to hear innovative proposals ranging from creative and thoughtful sustainability solutions to exciting positive ideas about nature. It was amazing to see a room full of talented young people sharing their passion and ideas, and I’m sure it encouraged them to see a future STEM career. I was blown away by the students for their passion and creativity. Indeed, I was touched to know that our future was in the hands of people who care deeply about the things that really matter.

Ricky Reynolds, Head of Community and Inclusion at MCC, added:

“All the teams came up with great ideas, which made picking a few winners very difficult. One of our missions is to use cricket as a platform for learning, not just on the cricket pitch. It was great to see how engaged the children were throughout the program and I hope they will continue to have an affiliation with STEM and cricket in the future..”

Alongside the event, CGI organized various STEM activities for the students, with the day ending with a presentation ceremony and the presentation of prizes.

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