Gold Medal Paralympian visits Berkeley Students

13th September 2021

Just a few days after flying home from the Tokyo Paralympics, swimmer Stephanie Millward visited students at Berkeley Green UTC to talk about her experience of competing at the very highest level. Stephanie has won 10 medals – including two Golds – across three Games. She told students about the hard work it took to get there, and the way technology supports Paralympians. Her inspirational story gave students so much to talk about that she’s promised to come back and tell them more.

Berkeley Green UTC is a specialist state school for students aged 14-19 which specialises in Engineering and Digital Technologies including Cyber. Students at the UTC enjoy a curriculum that is based around future employability in the STEM sector. During the academic year they take part in a number of employer projects, where an employer sets a STEM challenge for teams of students and then selects the winning designs.

Stephanie visited with Versarien, an advanced materials company based in Cheltenham. Versarien is one of the industry sponsors of the UTC. Its Graphene technology was incorporated into the development of the Olympic skeleton which led to the first Team GB medal in the sport since 1948. They challenged students to incorporate graphene technology into items that could improve Paralympian performance.

Students developed a wide range of possible aids or items of clothing, from helmets for skiers to rowing simulators, and from graphene hockey sticks to limb adaptations. Pictured here are just a few of the teams in action.