Willmott Dixon and Swansea University’s Computational Foundry bring STEM to life for local school children

The contractors for the build of the Computational Foundry, Willmott Dixon, are working with Danygraig Primary School in Port Tennant, Swansea to bring STEM to life.

As part of its drive to attract the next generation into construction, the Willmott Dixon Wales and the West team is running an ‘Construction in the Classroom’ enrichment programme for pupils at the school from now until July.

Students are busy trying their hand at a range of construction-based projects, providing a fascinating insight into what life on a construction site is really like, while complementing the skills taught as part of the National Curriculum.

Nicola Millard, Willmott Dixon’s Community Liaison Officer said ‘It has been a pleasure working with the children at Danygraig Primary, their enthusiasm is infectious.

Helping students understand the wide range of opportunities a career in construction can offer is a big part of our social value agenda. This was recently recognised by Willmott Dixon being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category Promoting Opportunity.’

It’s been a fantastic year for Danygraig Primary and their collaboration with Swansea University, Willmott Dixon and Discovery. The Willmott Dixon team recently installed a brand new kitchen facility at Danygraig; this fantastic addition to the school is used to deliver cooking classes to students and their parents, to improve skills and help families make healthy eating choices.

Stuart Davies, Head Master of Danygraig Primary, said: “I would like to thank Willmott Dixon, Swansea University’s Computational Foundry, and the Discovery Charity for all their work to date in making such a difference to our children in school. I think it's clear to see from the children's faces what they think of their new kitchen!”

Sherryl Bellfield, Project Manager for the Computational Foundry, comments: “Working in partnership with Danygraig Primary and with Willmott Dixon on projects like this is really important to us, to ensure that the Computational Foundry benefits communities locally, as well as globally through digital innovation.”

The new £31million world-class Computational Science facility will act as a beacon for research collaborations and will look to attract leading researchers to Wales, placing Swansea at the heart of a thriving regional ecosystem of digital companies and research. The ‌Computational Foundry ‌is backed by £17m from the European Regional Development Fund and will drive research into computational and mathematical sciences and make Wales a global destination for computational scientists and industrial partners.