Carol Vorderman and Ysgol Friars Come to Zip World
The TV star supports Ysgol Friars' STEM project at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry
We were fortunate enough to welcome the fantastic Carol Vorderman, and inspiring pupils of Ysgol Friars' last week, all of whom were ready to sink their teeth into all things STEM at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Gogledd is a new project that aims to increase the uptake and attainment in STEM subjects amongst 11-19 years old of all abilities. They do so by coordinating events, experiences and resources which encourage the exploration and enjoyment of these subjects. This is where we come in!
With a selection of unique adventures on-site, STEM plays a huge part in our day-to-day operations, from the infrastructure of our adventures, to the speed at which our customers hit the zip line's brakes. STEM Gogoledd invited Ysgol Friars' students to come along to our site, and see this all in action first-hand. The BBC also joined with Carol Vorderman, who's currently shooting a 4-part series where she's retracing her routes around North Wales, as well as supporting the STEM project.
Carol and the pupils created a model zip line to replicate the Velocity 2 adventure, and calculated the speed and kinetic energy, before moving onto the real deal, where Carol took on the zip. This opens many doors when it comes for potential outdoor education at Zip World, especially with STEM activities. In light of recent events, it was great to be able to provide the Friars' pupils with vast outdoor space to learn in. Watch this space!