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STEM At Work

 December 13 2019 | Kent & Medway | Views: 364

A record number of schools attended STEM at Work 2019. Seventeen secondary schools from the Kent and Medway Region attended the annual full day event, at the Canterbury campus of Canterbury Christ Church University. There was a total of fourteen workshops available to the students, run by local STEM employers and STEM Ambassadors.

All groups enjoyed an hour long exciting talk with:

Dr Matt Pritchard from Science Magic Shows. Throughout the centuries magicians have captivated audiences with mysterious and impossible acts that defy the laws of nature. Scientists also know that the world is full of wonder; spending their lives trying to explore and explain it. Matt had a packed and interactive show which featured a host of curiosities that made the students smile and think.

Billie Sequeira from BAE Systems. In 2019 Billie was named in the top 100 most influential women leaders in engineering UK and Europe. We were delighted when Billie agreed to give a talk at STEM at Work about careers in Engineering. Billie asked the students if they were unsure about their future, and if they wanted to consider alternative routes to further qualifications. One where they can gain much-valued, real life experience that a classroom environment can’t necessarily offer, where they can learn from skilled professionals with years of experience. Billie spoke about apprenticeships being in most subject areas from finance, to hair and beauty, to Engineering, and how students can gain fully-funded qualifications from Level 3 to degree-level and beyond!

The specialisms and interactive workshops the other STEM Ambassadors shared with the students ranged from:

  • BLOOD…Using Maths to Solve Crime with Canterbury Christ Church University, School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing.
  • Bridge design and construction with The Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive
  • Engineering Efficient Water Works with South East Water
  • Explosives Detection for Chemists with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Engineering for Light and Motion with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Interplanetary Communication with Space Vehicles & Machine Code with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Modern Medicines & their Plant Origins with Medway School of Pharmacy
  • Drastic Plastc with Pfizer
  • Exploring electricity with EDF Energy
  • The Role of an Operating Department Practitioner with Canterbury Chris Church University, School of Allied and Public Health Professions
  • Insects Feel the Heat with Canterbury Christ Church University, School of Human & Life Sciences
  • Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion in the Future of Work with Canterbury Christ Church University, School of Engineering, Technology and Design

We are grateful for the support of the organisations and individuals who took part; without whom we would not have been able to organise this STEM at Work event.

The role of school facilitator is vital to help with the smooth running of this event, and we would like to thank all of the STEM Ambassadors who gave up their time to help!


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