The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is to offer its remote learning programme to students in deprived areas from across the UK.
Sponsorship for the bursary comes from the RAF Youth and STEM team and consulting and telecoms firm Flint International.
The remote learning packages extend the successful in-person programmes, reimagined for the online learning world, giving students an interactive and fun experience with STEM subjects during a difficult time for teaching.
Each remote learning session includes a live guided virtual tour and two live hands-on interactive sessions – provided online through a virtual classroom.
The bursaries are available across the South West, including in Wiltshire.
Karl Bartlam, Computing Hub Lead and Computing Teacher for Watling Academy, whose class participated in the remote learning pilot programme, said: ‘Our students were very responsive to TNMOC’s remote learning programme.
"They described it as fun and felt like they were actually in the museum. The museum’s presenters were informative and clearly knew their stuff, answering all the questions the students had.
"It was a fantastic activity that gave our students that field trip feeling, from the safety of our classroom. We would highly recommend it to other teachers."
Squadron Leader Emma Clamp from The RAF Youth and STEM team said: "The outbreak of covid-19 has had a significant effect on the ability to deliver face to face STEM activity.
"We are therefore delighted to be able to offer 200 free places on this exciting new remote learning programme developed by TNMOC.
"This will allow us to continue our aim to provide free STEM educational opportunities to the most disadvantaged students.’
Keith Barker, founder of Flint, said: "The UK has a great tradition in computing and technology. By supporting The National Museum of Computing we’re trying to give back a little to our industry and spark excitement in young people to help develop the next generation of engineers.
"I was lucky enough to serve a technology apprenticeship, and we have a small apprenticeship programme running in Flint.
"In our small way, we want to help grow the competence in our technology sector for the betterment of all."
The museum will provide the remote learning programme to students from underprivileged backgrounds and areas from all across the UK.
The aim is to help encourage more students to engage with STEM subjects and to inspire the next generation of software developers, hardware engineers and beyond.
Further information can be found at https://www.tnmoc.org/