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RS Components is hosting as-live STEM learning sessions on Facebook

‘Friends of RS’ series provides opportunities for students and young professionals to inspire kids into engineering and technology

LONDON, UK, 25 June 2020 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has launched its latest initiative, tailored to all levels of education; from primary through to higher education. The series delivers aspirational online sessions to encourage innovative thinking and feed the students’ creativity.

‘Friends of RS’ is a four-part series of Facebook Watch parties presented as-live by a selection of inspirational young engineers, inventors and educators. The bi-monthly learning workshops are being hosted on the RS Facebook channel during June and July, followed by live Q and A sessions. All of the sessions will be available on demand after initial airing.

The four interactive Facebook sessions cover:

Primary education:
• Covering the basics of turning a creative idea into an invention (Ruth Amos, Kids Invent Stuff – 15 June 2020 – now available on-demand)
Secondary education:
• Cleaning the oceans – highlighting the problems facing our oceans and its wildlife, and how engineering innovations are helping to solve plastic pollutions. (Ludovic Grosjean, OceanX Group – 29 June 2020)
• A maker activity to create a social distancing lanyard for helping people to return to school and the workplace safely. (Nathan Ruttley, Embedism – 13 July 2020)
Further/higher education:
• How students can showcase themselves effectively to prospective employers and how to stand out from the crowd. (Volunteers of the Electrocomponents Fresh Advisors Board – FAB15 – 27 July 2020)

Each speaker will be available to answer questions from students live online following the 15-minute pre-recorded video learning sessions.

Isabella Mascarenhas, VP of Grass Roots at RS, commented: “Opportunities for students to engage in classes online are particularly important at the moment, and are invaluable for supporting parents in their home-schooling efforts. Our Friends of RS video series provides an unconventional and uplifting learning experience that we are sure will inspire creativity across the different youth groups.”

For more details, and to participate in the Facebook Watch parties, visit the RS Facebook page.

About the speakers:
Ruth Amos is co-host of Kids Invent Stuff, a YouTube channel that brings to life invention ideas submitted by 4- to 11-year olds by building and testing them, often with hilarious consequences.

Ludovic Grosjean was named as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers in 2019 and awarded Young Innovator at the United Nations as “One of six Rotary People of Action”. He is a chartered engineer with 13 years of ocean expertise over a large pipeline of worldwide projects. He is passionate about saving our oceans using technology and people.

Nathan Ruttley is co-founder and electronic engineer at boutique consultancy Embedism. He works alongside firmware engineer Chay Strawbridge to help clients bring their product ideas to life.

Fresh Advisors Board (FAB15) committee members:
Tegan Forbes is a 4th year MEng Product Design Engineering student at Loughborough University, currently on a year-long placement as a Manufacturing Engineering intern at Rolls-Royce in Derby.

Hemanshi Galaiya is a Chemical Engineering graduate and the CEO and Founder of Young Stripes; an initiative that aims to educate, empower and incubate the next generation of STEMists and create leaders of tomorrow.

Joe Gibson is an Electronic & Electrical Engineering student at the University of Strathclyde, currently working on a robotics start-up focused on developing kinetic counter-drone solutions.

Kyle Hazelbaker is a Management Consultant based in Dallas, Texas.

Wayne Hutt is a Learning and Development professional in the Grass Roots team at RS. He works alongside universities, further education students and recent graduates in helping to develop people’s ‘work ready’ skillsets.

About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers who are involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities. We aim to offer our customers unrivalled choice of product technologies, solve problems with innovative solutions and deliver a world-class customer experience, making it easy to do business with us.

We stock more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers. We solve problems and provide a wide range of value-added solutions to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship over 50,000 parcels a day.
Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2020 reported revenue of £1.95 billion. Electrocomponents plc has six operating brands; RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark and IESA.

For more information on RS, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/.

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