On Monday 23rd January, Mr Henderson, Head of Science at saltash.net, took Year 5 and 6 students from Landulph Primary school to Plymouth University for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) showcase.
The university has a marquee filled with interactive exhibits, ranging from Segways to computer game technology, oculus rift to marine wildlife, chemistry experiments to health care sciences. There was something for everyone with plenty of opportunity for students to get hands on.
On the following day, several Year 12 students from saltash.net went to a similar event. They got to actively experience the exhibits and also met some of the scientists in a series of bite-sized ‘lectures’ from PhD students and researchers at the University.
Topics included the psychology of robotics, video gaming for education and marine biology. The speakers had eight minutes to give the audience an overview of what their research is and put this in context: why is it important and why should we care about it?
These inspirational speakers have had amazing opportunities to sail, scuba dive and travel across the world as part of their research and shared their stories.
The aim of the days was to raise students’ aspirations in science and technology subjects and demonstrate how exciting STEM can be at A Level and in higher education. As well as having some fun, it was a unique opportunity for students to talk with current undergraduate students, PhD students and academics about what it’s like to study and work in STEM.
The students from both schools were, as always, outstanding, getting fully involved to get the most out of everything on offer.