SmartSTEMs Not an Event, It’s a Movement

SmartSTEMs Not an Event, It’s a Movement

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People often ask us what Profit for Purpose actually means. Very simply, it means we use the profits we make from the commercial aspects of the BeYonder group to actively support activities and events which meet the aims and objectives of our philanthropic sister organisation BeYonder Involve.

One of our biggest successes to date has been SmartSTEMs where we worked directly with Seric Systems and Women’s Enterprise Scotland as well as a fabulous range of leading organisations to deliver our inaugural event at Glasgow Caledonian University, see video:

None of us could leave it there though. After all, our own mission statement is:

BeYonder will identify, develop and grow new and existing talent in children, young people, schools and the wider community in order to support those children, young people, schools and the wider community going BeYond their present horizons.

So we are delighted to remain part of the SmartSTEMs family as it grows from a single event innovation into the constant movement it is becoming, making its own significant contribution to closing attainment and gender gaps.

This year there will be at least 3 SmartSTEMs events. We have already supported a superb SmartSTEMs for Edinburgh Primary Schoolgirls sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland at their Gogarburn HQ on International Women’s Day. The next SmartSTEMs are a new launch at the University of the West of Scotland at their Paisley Campus on 2nd June and a very welcome return to Glasgow Caledonian University on 7th June.

With even more events and school activities in the pipeline, if you want to get involved then either contact us here at BeYonder or email hello@smartstems.co.uk

Kinship Care BIG Lunch

Kinship Care BIG Lunch by the Trades House at the Glasgow Marriott

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Date: 20 May 2016

Time: 12.00 noon

Venue: Glasgow Marriott Hotel

At BeYonder we are delighted to be fully involved with the Trades House of Glasgow and its huge support for Modern Apprenticeships as well as charitable giving and support to good causes to the tune of approximately £750,000 every year. Between us we hold memberships of both the Incorporation of Tailors and the Incorporation of Weavers, with one Director currently also the Preses of the Grand Antiquity Society of Glasgow.

We are therefore delighted to note that the Kinship Care Initiative, a new charity project launched by the Trades House of Glasgow that has its sights set on raising £3 million in the next five years, is to benefit from the organisation’s annual charity fundraiser, the Big Lunch. It will take place in the Glasgow Marriott Hotel, 12.00 noon on 20 May 2016.

Trades House Deacon Convener Ruth Maltman and the Deacons who head up the organisation’s 14 Incorporated Crafts and associated organisations, have made the Kinship Care Initiative the chosen charity for key fundraising activities during their year in office.

“The Kinship Care Initiative is the first charity of its kind in Scotland, and I’m delighted that it is on course for reaching its initial target of £70,000 this spring 2016,” said Deacon Convener Ruth Maltman.

“The project is about providing children and young people in kinship care with opportunities that nurture their talent, develop their skills, build character and help expand their horizons. abercorn_009

“These are young people who are looked after by their extended family as, sadly, their parents are unable to do so for a variety of reasons. We know we have at least 2,000 such children in Glasgow who have often had to live through very difficult and stressful situations. I’m very glad that we are actively helping these young people develop into confident and capable young adults.

“That’s why we are using our Big Lunch event this year to call upon the generosity of our supporters and help make it a great success for the Kinship Care Initiative, through sponsorship, buying tickets and donating to our auction and raffle.”

Actor, playwright and jazz musician, Dave Anderson, will compere the Big Lunch, which will include musical entertainment plus an auction and raffle to help boost funds. Tickets priced at £50 per head are available from the Trades House office by Tel: 0141 553 1605 or emailing eilidh.rhead@tradeshouse.org.uk

 

Visit to YCSA Youth

A Visit to YCSA Youth

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Our work in education brings us into regular contact with some other fantastic charities dedicated to helping our younger citizens make their way in an increasingly complex World.

We recently visited YCSA, the Youth Community Support Agency at their Glasgow Headquarters and were extremely impressed at the scale of positive impact they are having on the lives of vulnerable young people.

A glimpse of what we like to think of as the “Art of the Possible” can be seen here in this video which was created entirely by the YCSA young people themselves.

It was also a delight to discover that we had a shared interest in the Money for Life Challenge and love YCSA Youth’s video in support of their entry, New Migrant Voices:

Castlemilk Students Win Renewables Prize

Castlemilk Students Win Renewables Prize

Castlemilk High School’s research classroom is overlooked by the £5million City Turbine on top of the Cathkin Braes; an icon for renewable energy built as a joint project between Glasgow City Council and SSE.

With such inspiration it is perhaps not surprising that 4 students from the School have just won the top prize in the Scottish Government sponsored Marine Energy Challenge with a renewables project of their own.

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Researching ocean based renewables as part of a school project supported by BeYonder Ltd, the team of four from Castlemilk High won the Junior Saltire Award after designing and building a floating Wave Energy Converter, using wave power to create electricity.

Last month, the pupils put their innovative new device to the test at the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility in the only test tank in the world that provides multi-directional waves with fast tidal flows simulating real sea conditions.

After impressing judges, they were named winners the following day at the Celebration of Science and Engineering at the Glasgow Science Centre, receiving the Junior Saltire Medal and £750 for their school from Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing.

Mr Ewing said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government is once again supporting the Junior Saltire Prize – now in its fifth year. This event is raising awareness of the opportunities that Scotland has to exploit its wave energy potential.

Team member Dylan Qua said: “We wanted our design to be something that was simple, but which still worked, and we came up with a device that hangs vertically in the water, and moves up and down with the waves to generate electricity.

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More than 200 teams from around Scotland entered the competition, which is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the SCDI in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The competition is split into three age groups: P5-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6, with teams in each age group having to submit an initial design brief followed by evidence of their finished model and subsequent testing at FloWave.

Castlemilk High won in the S4-S6 age group with an entry from the School’s Young Engineering and Science Club which is managed by their Business Partner of the Year, BeYonder Ltd.

BeYonder is a profit for purpose organisation which works with older pupils in order to develop their capacity and skills for employment. They originally introduced the Junior Saltire Award as an engineering-based option within the school’s Wider Achievement Programme.

Speaking after the awards Chrissy Mackay, MD of BeYonder said: “It has been a privilege working with these students seeing their life skills and employment skills grow and develop over the year. Winning this Award is a fantastic result and very well deserved for the effort which they have put into their personal growth.”

Diane Hill, Energy Partnership Manager at SDS, said: “The judges were hugely impressed with the hard work and the creativity shown by all of the teams who reached the final, and they should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Melanie Riddell, Project Manager at SCDI, said: “Thanks to its vast natural resources, Scotland has a key role to play in the development of the renewable energy industry, and so it’s encouraging to see this competition capturing the imagination of schools across the country.”

The 4 winners from Castlemilk now plan to develop their device as a means of generating emergency electricity supply in disaster relief zones around the World.

SMART STEMs 2015

SMART STEMs 2015

We are extremely proud that BeYonder is a partner in SMART STEMs 2015, a games legacy for Glasgow, supporting major sponsor Seric Systems and other key supporters including: Women’s Enterprise Scotland, IBM, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and People Make Glasgow.

SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS as a range of disciplines, represent the greatest opportunity our country has to develop the social and monetary potential of our economy in the future.

The practising of STEM-based subjects by young people, either in school or as hobbies, allows them to develop their intellectual and creative faculties for the greater good. STEM is one of our most potent vehicles for promoting greater equality, enhancing social mobility and encouraging true individuality as future thinkers and creators.

The benefits of STEM should be experienced by all. However, due to outdated and dogmatic perceptions, various demographics are more involved with STEM than others.

SMART STEMs is about encouraging, involving and inspiring more people from different demographics into STEM.

The first mission of SMART STEMs 2015 is to inspire young girls – aged 12 to 18 years old – to become the great thinkers and creators of tomorrow.

We hope to involve you in our journey.

Project development in association with:

…and thousands of young women, their teachers and supporters across Scotland:

Rebecca and Chloe SMART STEMs from Castlemilk High School, Glasgow

Rebecca and Chloe SMART STEMs from Castlemilk High School, Glasgow

Why are we doing this?

  • To mitigate Scotland’s risk of ‘Group-think’ in STEM
  • To ensure that all young people, with this first year having a particular focus on young women, see STEM as a career option
  • To help young people understand that STEM is cool, and it pays well, and is a ‘way out’ – one more likely to end in success than X-Factor
  • To ensure STEM initiatives are being run as often and widely as possible (particularly outwith education)
  • To maximise the munificent opportunities in Scotland for people working in STEM and ultimately make Scotland a better place to work and live

What is different about this compared to everything else running in this space?

  • We desire to be a facilitator through a high impact fun annual competition and event we will
    • Maximise the engagement and uptake of  existing bodies and programs by linking them efficiently with many school, groups and clubs in a single hub event
    • With our network of volunteers work along side the Private and Public Sector  to ensure experiential opportunities are maximised

What is in it for the schools?

  • At our event you will make contacts with numerous organisations like
    •  STEM stakeholder organisations
      • Make the connections you need to start that Science or Engineering Club?
      • Make links to organisations who can lessen of the burden of running programs in the school
      • Introduce passionate experts to your students and build out your network of contacts
    • Employer Organisations
      • A ready made pipeline of contacts and speakers for the school
      • Arrange more work placements more easily
      • Be at the risk of industry sponsorship for your school programs

What is the Annual Format?

  • Annual Event with Competition
    • Competition – Wearable Technology to Improve Athletes Performance
      • Design and Prepare Project Documents for your idea
    • Annual Event – Glasgow Caledonian University June 3rd 2015
      • 500 young women
      • 50-70 Teachers and/or Group Leaders
      • 2 Keynote Speakers
      • Competition Results
      • 20+ STEM breakout Sessions from Professional Women working currently in STEM
      • Event and Competition filmed by BAFTA winning Documentary Film Maker
      • Sponsorship Opportunities
      • Workplace Stands from major employers with STEM schemes
      • Many STEM organisations represented

Please click on the image to go to the SMART STEMs website

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…or to request more info, please click here to go to our Contact page.

Hillpark Secondary School Homelessness Project

Hillpark Secondary School Homelessness Project

During term and holiday time between March and August 2014, students from Hillpark Secondary School investigated homelessness in Glasgow. This was their own choice of project as part of the BeYonder Lateral Access Programme. Former homeless citizens of Glasgow visited the students at school and the students then met 2 individuals with a remarkable story to tell.