STEM taster days at Middlesbrough College

15 May 2019

As a STEM specialist College, Middlesbrough College provides dedicated support and commitment to developing high quality education for all students’ in Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics across Teesside. On Wednesday 24th April, thirty six Year 9 pupils from Hurworth School in Darlington enjoyed a STEM taster day experience at Middlesbrough College.

The Year 9 students from Hurworth School were split into 6 groups and were provided with engaging STEM taster sessions in IT, Games and Programming, Engineering, Health and Care, Science and Sport, as well as a tour of the specialist STEM Centre.

Every student gained a taste of each sector of STEM with a half an hour workshop in each area. The activities involved mini fitness tests, an introduction to welding, handwashing in a hospital environment, investigating bugs and chromosomes and computing games.

Don Atkinson, the Skills Development Manager for NSG provided STEM tours to the students exhibiting the facilities at Middlesbrough College’s STEM Centre. The STEM Training Centre at Middlesbrough College is the leading provider of technical training, skills, behaviours and competency solutions for a range of engineering industries. Middlesbrough College also boasts specialised science laboratories, a realistic on-site health and care ward that replicates a hospital environment, games design studios with the latest 3D design packages and games engines and a strength and conditioning suite and physiology lab. 

Don said “At Northern Skills Group we are keen for schools, further education institutions and industry to collaborate to attract and develop the skills for the future.

“The STEM taster day with the students from Hurworth School was brilliant. We asked Swagelok Teesside to demonstrate what Small Bore Tubing entails and the pupils really enjoyed the kinaesthetic experience of learning and seeing what opportunities exist in the STEM world.

“It is fantastic to work closely with industry professionals and to work in state of the art facilities at Middlesbrough College and the STEM Centre to help to develop and build the skills for the future.”

Penny Hudson, a careers advisor at Hurworth School said “It was a great day. The students really enjoyed the whole experience, especially how hands-on all the activities were. It was a fantastic way to help inform our students about the variety of STEM subjects offered at the College.

“It has helped to focus our students and given them something to aim for as they start their GCSE studies in Year 10. Middlesbrough College was brilliant and the facilities are outstanding!”

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