Honda donates cars and STEM Learning Kits to inspire Wiltshire’s next generation of engineers

By Jamie Hill - 1 February 2021

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Honda of the UK Manufacturing (Honda) has gifted ten Honda Civics and ten STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational kits to local schools and colleges.

The Swindon-based manufacturer, which is the global production hub for the Civic model, repurposed the pre-production cars in a bid to inspire future generations of engineers and to continue the town’s engineering heritage. The vehicles will provide local college students the opportunity to work on new vehicle technology and help develop technical skills.

Amanda Burnside, Principal and Chief Executive at Wiltshire College, said “This is a very significant development for us. It will make a real difference for our students, enabling them to improve their knowledge and develop the latest skills to take out into the workplace so therefore will be of region wide benefit.”

Learning kits, totalling over £27,000 of resources, have been distributed to ten local secondary schools and colleges. The extra-curricular tools offer fun and thought-provoking activities whilst also developing teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Jason Smith, Director at Honda of the UK Manufacturing, said “We’re delighted to be able to help our local community. Despite our closure this year, Honda is determined to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the development of students’ technical knowledge within Swindon and supporting our local schools and colleges.”

Kingsdown School in Swindon received one of the STEM Learning Kits, Headteacher Emma Leigh-Bennett said “Our Year 11 students continue to grow in their confidence and develop their communication and teamwork skills. We are truly grateful to Honda for continuing to champion our students.”

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