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Friends of LV 50

Create materials which help volunteers host engaging, STEM-filled visits to the lightvessel.

Engaging Schools with Lightvessel 50

Lightvessel 50 (LV 50) is one of the oldest floating timber lightships in the UK. Friends of LV 50 aim to research, promote and preserve the lightship’s heritage. One of their key audiences is school groups.

The aim of this project is to develop STEM-related materials that could be used to underpin visits from high school students. There is a range of material already available which the interns could develop further. This includes the function of a lightship and how sound and light are used to communicate; coastal navigation and the lightships’ roles in marine safety; composite (wood and iron) construction for ships; or life aboard a lightship and how nutrition was managed. There will also be an opportunity to examine how visits to the lightship take place and suggest any improvements for school groups.

The interns will create materials for staff and volunteers at LV 50 to use during school visits. In addition, they will create a report detailing their working and reasoning behind the form and content of the materials produced.

This is a team project.


Key skills and interests

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Research
  • Planning
  • Project management


Host company information

The Friends of LV 50 was established in 2014 with the aim of promoting and encouraging public understanding and interest in LV 50’s preservation. Since then, Friends of LV 50 have welcomed and informed over 3500 visitors on board (including children from primary and middle schools across the Northeast). This includes regular open days, participation in national Heritage Open Days and pre-arranged tours.

Since 2019 LV 50 has regularly been part of the Port of Blyth school visiting programme linked to the STEM UK wide programme (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).

Address: Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour Blyth NE24 3PB
Key Contact: Dr J L Sher

Visit Friends of LV 5O’s website for more information about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD CREST Award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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