Science jobs showcased at open day

Ormiston Denes academy science, technology, engineering and maths employability day.Euan Dorling and

Ormiston Denes academy science, technology, engineering and maths employability day.Euan Dorling and Lucy Neeve with lego technology.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from across Lowestoft learned about the importance of science and technology - and the future career paths they offer. The enthusiastic students took part in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community event on Thursday, October 13 at Ormiston Denes Academy.

Ormiston Denes academy science, technology, engineering and maths employability day.Finn Sagrott wit

Ormiston Denes academy science, technology, engineering and maths employability day.Finn Sagrott with lego technology.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The event aimed to not only demonstrate how skills learnt in the classroom can be applied to daily life but also offered students and parents the opportunity to view employment opportunities available in East Anglia and beyond.

James Lowden, assistant principal, said: 'It's about making the link between the classroom and the working environment and about building links with employers. We have seen better engagement from students and parents this year - it's growing and has far more diversity, so we are really pleased and greatly appreciate the organisations who have taken the time to get involved.'

A diverse range of organisations including wind farm developer RWE were on hand to explain to the inquisitive youngsters how science can lead to careers in many industries.

Parents and pupils also participated in challenging hands-on activities, such as constructing bridges using strands of spaghetti and marshmallow cubes.

Graham Evans, school liaison officer from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: 'The students have shown lots of different ideas. The challenges are all about teamwork and problem solving which are crucial in the workplace.'

In the school laboratories, students such as 12-year-old Matthew King gave demonstrations on Skittle chromatography. Year-eight pupil Matthew said he really enjoyed giving the demonstrations.

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