Spain 2019 STEM Expedition
This year’s STEM expedition will be to Northern Spain and promises to be quite an adventure, with cultural tours for pupils interested in the Spanish language and culture, as well as the mountain expeditions with Mr Melvin and Mr Preston for pupils interested in the outdoors and DofE. Training prior to going on the expedition would be the same as previous years, day walks in the Brecon Beacons and then a weekend practice expedition in Snowdonia. Those pupils who are participating in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme will only need to pay for registration on the scheme, the expeditions section will not be charged for.
The team has already begun working hard to explore and plan their visit to the Cantabria region of Northern Spain.
Picos de Europa – ‘Peaks of Europe’
Santander – capital of Cantabria, Spain
Altamira Caves – World heritage Site, UNSECO
Santillana del Mar – ancient town
The expedition would aim to take in the culture and nature of Spain’s most Northern region, including its coast line and a multi-day walk in the Picos de Europa one of Spain’s premier national parks. Pupils who are studying Spanish GCSE would be given the responsibility of translating and communicating for their group and will be immersed in spoken Spanish, with every opportunity to engage in the language and this would hugely benefit their understanding of their spoken and written language skills.
Beyond this, an expedition of this kind, aims to nurture independence and fantastic life skills, much needed in the wider world.