‘Sea-riously’ STEM Creates a Splash

05 October 2016 | College News, Science

STEM Workshops Sea-riously

Digital dissections, rigging up robots and meddling with microscopes were the name of the game at the ‘Sea-riously’ STEM Home Educators’ Days.

In partnership with Ocean City Festival, 37 children and parents took part in three interactive workshops that allowed them the chance to engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

“These workshops highlight the amazing possibilities available through STEM subjects,” said Andy Robinson, STEM Centre Co-ordinator. “Plymouth has an extensive connection to the ocean, with world leading STEM research and development taking place in the City. Events like this give young people a glimpse of the opportunities available to them.”

The day began with digital dissections, which looked at the anatomy of animals through 3D images offering a unique view of the ‘ins and outs’ of a whole host of marine life. Next was designing rafts that would hold spherical robots as a power source. The participants had to come up with weird and wonderful designs to stand the test of the tide.

Plymouth University earth sciences students and staff led the afternoon activities, giving the children a peek into the tiny world of marine micro fossils. They got a chance to use microscopes and learn about some of the science the University is working on.

Dr Deborah Wall-Palmer said: “Engaging people from a young age in STEM subjects is something I feel passionately about. If you can inspire one young mind to consider a career in these areas that is an achievement. There are so many opportunities available in STEM that people should be made aware of, and these Home Educators’ Days are a step in the right direction.”

For those who are seeking to explore their interest in STEM subjects or learning more about the opportunities available at City College, there are free Course Information Drop-ins every Wednesday in October, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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