I am pleased to have now completed my first STEM ambassador event, even if I forgot to wear my badge!
The day was spent at Barr Beacon school, with children from year 7 to year 11 joining us at our stand to ask us about what careers they could pursue.
Was such a great, fun filled day. It was so good seeing 120 students from different schools working together, often with people they have never worked with before, to design, build and test a mini submersible that can pick up some weights from the bottom of a water tank. Using the equation for bouyancy students had to calculate whether their model would sink or float and how they would raise it, and we saw some pretty accurate results after the initial test runs. As part of the day there was an Early Careers talk which I had organised and planned.
Shirelands Academy hosted a very successful Year 9 Careers event which covered a wide range of careers.
Sandwell EBP who helped to organise the event invited the Black Country STEM team to organise a workshop event around engineering.
The day turned out to be a great success with students given a wide range of personal experiences from upto 8 STEM Ambassadors.
Alan Dutton, a retired engineer with a wealth of experience spoke of his career and the fantastic opportunities now available to students.
Today (18 February 2013), we reached a landmark milestone in the UTC project by holding a ceremony to mark the official start of the building work.
Principal Joanne Harper and Vice-Principal Wayne Edwards were joined at Crescent Road by students and their parents, industry partners and building contractor Keir.
The ground was broken by Joanne Harper in a digger and Wayne Edwards with a spade.
Building work at UTC Reading will be ready for its opening in September 2013.
Beginning with a short activity using marshmallows and toothpicks to explore the strengths of different shapes and how they could be useful in construction. Students quickly established and verified that triangles are 'better than squares at holding things up' - triangulation can re-enforce a physical structure.
University of Nottingham Chem Env Volunteers & EWB Volunteers available for activities in local schools
I have contacts within the University of Nottingham, Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department (lecturers & students) who are willing to volunteer and help schools with STEM related activities. Contact me if you would like us to:
- attend a career fair (show whynotchemeng promotional material)
We were pleased to once again run Engineering Your Future, a careers activity day aimed at Year 11 and Year 12 students interested in Engineering, at Slough Grammar School in June and here at the University on 4th July.
Last week, a team of students aged 7 to 11 from Bailey’s Court School, assisted by space engineers from Bristol firm SEA Ltd, successfully released one hundred unique ‘paper space planes’ from the stratosphere; the edge of space.
On 1 May 2012, I gave a talk on ‘Science in Civil Engineering’ to a group of Year 11 and 12 students at Pimlico Academy. This talk was part of my regular STEMNET ambassador activities – to promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) to the young generation.
This week, Engineers Without Borders Sheffield carried out their first workshop of the year in style!
As part of the University of Sheffield Societies Outreach Day a team of EWB Sheffield Outreach ran the Water for the World workshop of younsters aged between 8 and 11. The workshop involved the students to learn more about water accessibility and a few suprising facts about how little water there is avalaible and how much water people use in their day to day life!