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George Eckton

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South East of Scotland Transport Partnership

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1. Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?

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Do you agree with the definition provided of STEM for the purposes of this Strategy?
Albeit it would be welcome if transport could be included in the definition given it's span of engineering for infrastructure, psychology for behaviour change, chemistry and physics for fuel and energy, biology in terms of active travel and computing in terms of Intelligent Transport Systems and Real Time Passenger Information systems.

2. Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?

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Do you think the aims of this Strategy and the four priority themes are the right ones to address the challenges identified?
in terms of challenges: Under changing perceptions, it might also be critical to continue to raise awareness of STEM in terms of inspiration priority. Also, under Aim 2 would it also be important to encourage uptake in existing as well as growing sectors of STEM economy as well as generalist skills, thinking in terms of learning e.g. STEM subject teachers across education sector and also engineering such as roads maintenance, which may not grow as a sector but in resilence terms will be important to maintain a stream of existing skills.

3. Are these success criteria right?

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5. Give us your views on whether you think the actions already underway across the sectors on STEM fit well with the Strategy and will contribute positively to it.

Give us your views on whether you think the actions already underway across the sectors on STEM fit well with the Strategy and will contribute positively to it.
SEStran has sought to particpate in the Equate Scotland summer placement scheme and also work shadowing from St.Andrews University to give a "transportation / non-infrastructure engineering" opportunity to young people. I think both these types of initiatives fit well with the actions outlined in the Strategy. We have also worked with Young Scot on a project called X-Route seeking to give young people through a co-design process a chance to influence their own environment and opportunities for active travel. This has raised a number of interesting possibilities and resulted in a research project from the Scottish Roads Research Board looking at "Star Paths" illuminated. For SEStran it's a good example of STEM based action to engage and enthuse young people in STEM based solutions. http://www.thevennie.co.uk/?p=1179 http://www.sestran.gov.uk/uploads/XRoute_document_2016_Final_2.pdf

19. Tell us about what you are doing in your organisation, establishment or community that supports the aims and priorities of this Strategy.

Tell us about what you are doing in your organisation, establishment or community that supports the aims and priorities of this Strategy.
As outlined before we have worked with Equate Scotland to identify a placement opportunity: http://www.equatescotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/021_Sestran_UG-Technical-Officer.pdf We have worked with St.Andrews University to offer work shadowing placement: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/careers/jobs-and-work-experience/internships-and-work-experience/workshadowingprogramme/ Worked with groups of young people through the X-Route report: http://www.sestran.gov.uk/uploads/XRoute_document_2016_Final_2.pdf We hope to continue this work through a Horizon 2020 project with the Institute of Transport Studies at Leeds University, if our bid is successful, setting up a regional youth team to address in a practical way regional transport challenges through methods such as innovation labs and hackathons. Written actions in our Equality Outcomes for 2017-2021 around the under represenation of various groups in STEM and the need for us to deliver our part of the collective action to seek to deliver positive outcomes and change.