The Chelsea Foundation’s Digital Blue programme took centre stage at Stamford Bridge recently with 200 children taking part in a range of activities focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Digital Blue is one of a number of unique programmes run by the Foundation’s Education team, focusing on STEM subjects, with this week’s sessions involving a carousel of exciting activities including coding challenges, the building of structures, stadium design and Sphero robot football.
The students in attendance came from six schools and were aged eight to 11.
Schools education manager for the Foundation, Sam Gaskin-Kemp, spoke about the significance of STEM learning. She said: ‘The world currently faces an unprecedented need for new innovators, thinkers and problem-solving leaders – 80 per cent of jobs will include STEM-related skills by 2020.
‘The education department at the Chelsea FC Foundation has spent the last two-and-a-half years building and delivering STEM programmes within the local community, highlighting the skills needed for tomorrow and having so many children here this week highlights our commitment to this area of learning.’
The event comes just days after staff visited Servite Primary School in Kensington to deliver a lesson on basic coding skills as part of the Digital Blue programme. At the event the children programmed Sphero balls to dribble through cones and take set-pieces.
Assistant head teacher James Moseley said: ‘The programme is great because it helps the children to learn without really realising that they are learning. The fact that they are using digital technology makes it all the more enticing.
‘We are one of the closest schools to Stamford Bridge so most of the children are Chelsea fans. Therefore, anything that comes with that Chelsea branding is instantly more enjoyable.’
Such a statement was enthusiastically confirmed by year six pupil Isabella. She said: ‘Our whole class gets so excited when we hear the name Chelsea because we know that every time they come to our school it is going to be fun!’