Students learn of careers in STEMPosted: 23rd April 2019
Young people now have their sights set on careers in STEM after having their eyes opened to new opportunities.
Year 9 students from Forest Hall School went to the Big Bang Fayre at Essex University, in Colchester, to find out about careers within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The group of 22 attended a lecture about how science has helped to explain things in our lives, discussed how long the universe and earth have existed and tested their hands for the presence of germs.
They also got to experience learning in a lecture theatre with interactive presentations showing the use of STEM in solving problems in relation to food production, environmental safety and buildings for the future.
Paul Conlon, director of Year 11, said: “The final session really got our students engaged with a forensic detective who showed how fingerprints, DNA and other pieces of evidence from a crime scene are used to identify criminals.
“Students enjoyed their day finding out how STEM is used in their daily lives and how it could be part of their future careers to help protect and preserve the planet we live on.”
Student Joe Shrubsall said: “We learnt about how science is used in different jobs, like in forensic science, and how things like virtual reality are used in building. I hadn’t realised how many jobs science is involved in until this trip.”