Millennium Point Helps to Engineer an Inclusive Future

Published 28/03/2024
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Millennium Point is delighted to support the Engineering Inclusive Futures scheme spearheaded by Birmingham Open Media (BOM). This initiative brings an extraordinary opportunity for 20 Special Educational Needs (SEN) learners to immerse themselves in engineering, gaming, and virtual reality, showcasing the power of inclusivity in technology. The Millennium Point Charitable Trust’s funding enables a series of workshops designed to bring technology closer to the students. 

The project kicked off with a workshop at Aston University, where SEN students from Birmingham’s Wilson Stuart School explored the Rock Mobility Climber wheelchair, presented by Rock Engineering. This not only allowed the children to voice their thoughts on the design but also served as a bridge between them and the world of product development. Timothy Whitehead, a Product Design lecturer at the university, delivered a thought-provoking seminar which was then followed by an exciting virtual reality workshop. 

Chloe Lawson, Director of Learning & Inclusion at BOM, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Millennium Point is supporting us. We’re working with top-notch engineering organisations and helping them realise that the relationship between them and young beta testers is really important for the future of inclusive technologies.” 

Abbie Vlahakis, CEO of Millennium Point, expressed her enthusiasm for the project: “We are incredibly proud to support Engineering Inclusive Futures. By providing these young minds with the opportunity to interact with cutting-edge technology at some of the world’s most innovative organisations, we’re not just educating them – we’re empowering them to become the problem-solvers of tomorrow.” 

Engineering Inclusive Futures represents a huge leap towards realising a future where every child has the opportunity to explore, learn, and thrive in the STEM fields. 

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