STEM Ambassadors take part in high-profile events
31 March 2015
Kent and Medway STEM Ambassadors, have taken part in British Science Week and the Big Bang Fair to help inspire local pupils to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
British Science Week is a national ten-day celebration of STEM subjects and students at the Skinners’ School in Royal Tunbridge Wells invited leading local figures including those from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Pfizer and The Royal Academy of Engineering, to celebrate with a range of entertaining and engaging events and activities.
Canterbury Christ Church University’s School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing, ran a forensic investigation workshop at the Skinners’ School launch, where 150 pupils learnt how to collect and identify finger prints.
Another recent event Kent and Medway STEM Ambassadors were involved in was the Big Bang Fair, offering students opportunities to explore hands-on activities and experience the creativity, problem-solving and employability skills that STEM subjects offer.
The University’s School of Human and Life Sciences provided a workshop offering pupils a problem-solving exercise looking at the movement of caterpillars.
Hellen Ward, Kent & Medway STEM Director and Principal Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Development, said: “We wanted to engage with students before they make their GCSE choices and inspire them to consider STEM subjects. The Big Bang opened their eyes to the fascinating world of science. We showcased every corner of the STEM industries to the students and it’s been fantastic to see them get stuck in.”
A recent CBI report showed an 86% increase in employer demand for people with science, engineering and hi-tech skills.
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, commended the work of the STEM Ambassadors, inspiring children to study the core subjects during British Science Week.