Over 50 Welsh cadets spent their Saturday in a special sailing setting.

A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) themed session was held at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alexandra Dock, Cardiff Bay.

The Wales-wide group of teenagers included representatives from Fitzalan High School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Jack Green, from Gwent & Powys ACF, said: “We had to build a tower in an engineering challenge. We had two teams and it was good to get younger cadets involved in STEM activities.

“It was a timed task as well, which gave us a bit of urgency and got the team working together better, which is great for our collaboration skills. It was good for me because I’m looking for a career in a STEM subject.

“It’s worth becoming a cadet because you get a lot of things for a low cost value and if you’re a volunteer, it’s good to put something in the community. It’s great to be a part of a big, massive team.”

Four members of the Army Youth Outreach Team delivered the session to test the cadets’ practical skills. The occasion was organised by 160th Infantry Brigade & Headquarters Wales.

Through the cadet organisations, young people are able to access life changing opportunities that give them the confidence to overcome challenges.

There are over 4,400 cadets in Wales and many make lifelong friends as they enjoy fun experiences like this.

Engineering has been put in the spotlight in 2018 as the government has launched a pioneering campaign to inspire the next generation. ‘The Year of the Engineer’ aims to tackle a major skills gap and boost numbers entering the profession.

Industry experts and businesses aim to change perceptions around engineering and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers can hold for young people in Wales and the United Kingdom.

Earlier in the day, cadets also attended the gun salute to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and later on, the Military Festival of Music.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in 1973 and provided sailing teams with the ultimate test. The 2017/18 edition will take participants 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans and touching six continents.

The Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race starts on Friday 8 June. For more information, visit: https://www.volvooceanracecardiff.com

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