BIG BANG FAIR INSPIRES BUDDING ENGINEERS

BIG BANG FAIR INSPIRES BUDDING ENGINEERS

Students from the Wey Valley School in Weymouth attended The Big Bang Fair at Bournemouth and Poole College, to explore career options open to them in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.
Jenna McNeish, a science teacher at Wey Valley who accompanied the students on their visit, said: “The organisers also set out to challenge gender stereotypes in the workplace, with a specific focus on encouraging women into engineering-based careers, which was quite an eye-opener for some of our girls.
"There were some excellent workshops that really brought to life what we teach at school, as well as showing our students what they might expect from higher study or careers in engineering and science”.
A variety of industry-leading companies participated in the event, leading workshops and activities, including Siemens, the Royal Navy, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, Thomas Cook and Ultra Electronics. 

 

 

Students had the opportunity to fly a plane in a flight simulator, build a wind turbine, programme a robot, experience music technology and make their own cosmetics. There was also the chance to speak to people working in industry and develop a better understanding of the career opportunities available.
Isla Shearer aged 13 said: "I found the experience really interesting. My favourite activity was the Lush workshop as we were able to make our own bath bombs. We found out how they were made and how they work."

April Heasman also aged 13 said: "I enjoyed the day very much and found the activities really interesting. I enjoyed making bath bombs, but the travel and tourism activity was good too."

The Wey Valley School runs an ongoing programme of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events, with several new visits planned for next year building on a variety of successful engineering, robotics, science and maths trips organised during this past academic year.