EVERTON Football Club Ambassador Graham Stuart is backing a project combining robots with football to inspire children to engage with technology.
Everton in the Community’s new E-STEAM programme has been made possible with the support of Liverpool gifting and rewards company, Appreciate Group.
Jordan Pickford has also taken time to test out the learning programme, which will be taken to around 2,000 children aged five to 16 in 63 schools across the Liverpool City Region over the next 12 months.
Graham Stuart, Blues icon and ex-England Under 21 international, joined children at Broadgreen Primary School, as well as some of the winners of an E-STEAM ‘Design a Robot’ competition, to try his hand at the programmable robots on football pitch-themed mats.
Everton in the Community tutors are using the technology to transform the way children learn, create, and invent through coding and technology.
E-STEAM is seeking to help reduce the education inequality gap that exists in STEAM topics for children from more disadvantaged communities in the region as well as encouraging young people to aspire to future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) subjects.
Everton in the Community director of youth engagement and employability, Sue Gregory, said: “Making STEAM subjects interesting can be challenging sometimes, but through E-STEAM we’re aiming to inspire a new generation of young people who are passionate about the subjects and seeking to help bridge the skills gap we know exists, and what better to do that than through combining robots with football!”
The ground-breaking programme is backed by a range of partners including Appreciate Group, which has funded the state-of-the-art Sphero robots as part of its commitment to supporting young people in the Liverpool City Region.
Other partners involved in the project include Sphero Sports and CreativeHUT.
STEAM learning is proven to help young people to develop important personal and social skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork; all skills that are most likely to be in demand in 2025 according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs.