Soaring Pioneers, created by Huddersfield New College students, Michelle Chen and Youssef Maksoud, is an exciting student-led social mobility programme that aims to deliver accessible Maths and Science educational workshops to local school students. Alongside the College’s STEM Ambassadors, the ‘Pioneers’ recently worked with children at Marsden Infant and Nursery School to deliver a magical Christmas themed workshop, helping Santa to deliver his presents across the globe.


The sessions, which explored shapes, time and distance, were designed to increase numeracy, and ignite a passion for STEM related learning. During the two hour sessions, the children discovered different shapes, the net plans of 3D shapes, and used this knowledge to create presents for Santa to deliver. Pupils then helped the Pioneers to plan the best route around the world, ensuring that all the good boys and girls receive their presents in time for Christmas day!


Michelle and Youssef were inspired to work with school pupils across both primary and secondary schools, as it was inspirational visits from STEM professionals whilst they were at school that helped to drive their own passion for subjects such as Maths and Computer Science. The duo run this project voluntarily and in their own time, but the College is supporting their work by connecting them with schools who may benefit.


Michelle says “Youssef and I remember some incredible projects during our school years that ignited our passion for Science, Maths and Computing, and we wanted to be able to inspire local school students within our community in the same way. We really enjoyed working with the children at Marsden Infant and Nursery School, and it was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for Maths. We’re looking forward to the next project!”