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March 13 2015 | Views: 1825
Kent and Medway
STUDENTS LAUNCH BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK
Students at the Skinners’ school celebrated British Science Week by inviting leading local figures from Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering into their school.
Kent and Medway STEM Ambassadors from industry offered students opportunities to explore hands-on activities and experience the creativity, problem-solving and employability skills that STEM subjects offer.
The interactive workshops were designed to cover all STEM areas including determining material identification using infrared spectroscopy, making glowsticks, Forensic investigation, Mathematical subject of Topology using Play dough, Head Scan using 3D Printer, A day in the life of a Weather Forcaster, Guess my Job, ‘what do Engineers’ Do?’ and many more.
A recent CBI report showed an 86% increase in employer demand for people with science, engineering and hi-tech skills.
The learning activities are being coordinated by Kent and Medway STEM which part of STEMNET, which aims to encourage and inspire an interest in STEM subjects and careers.
Kent and Medway Businesses and organisations contributing to the day’s activities included:
Kirsten Bodley, STEMNET’s CEO said:
“Inspiring young people to develop STEM skills broadens their opportunities, offers tangible skills for addressing the global challenges we face and supports the UK’s future competitiveness. There is a worrying deficit in the number of young people pursuing STEM careers, however research shows that young people are 90% more likely to want to continue the study of STEM subjects after engaging with STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs.”
Head at The Skinners’ School, Edward Wesson said:
“It is marvellous to give students the opportunity to see practical aspects of STEM and meet people working in STEM careers. It brings the theory to life. We recognise that STEM skills are crucial for our young people’s futures and we are delighted to host our STEM at Work theme day in British Science Week.”