STEM takes root

An event devoted to STEM subjects and the careers they lead to brought 110 Gifted and Talented pupils from seven local schools to Barton Peveril for a day of discovery run by the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre and Student Recruitment and International Relations at the University of Southampton.

A series of fun, interactive workshops on everything from Raspberry Pi to civil engineering and the world of physics provided valuable information for Y8/9 students making GCSE choices to support their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects (STEM).  The event also introduced potentially new career paths such as oceanography.

Participants included the Engineering Development Trust and Robogals, an international, student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology.

Commenting on the success of the day, Barton Peveril assistant principal, Zoe Hargreaves, said:  “The opportunity to work with STEMNET – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network – in partnership with the University of Southampton enabled us to stage a busy, buzzy  day with plenty to motivate and inspire our young visitors.

“We are immensely grateful for the enthusiasm and support of everyone who ran workshops and provided such great role models for our next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.”

Pupils attended the STEM day from Cams Hill, Cantell, Crestwood, Hamble, Quilley, Thornden and Wildern schools.