STEM In Action
On Friday 11th March a group of Year 12 pupils from Craigavon Senior High School attended a ‘STEM in Action’ event at South West College, Dungannon which was organised in association with the Craigavon Area Learning Community. Pupils had the opportunity to attend workshops which focused on key growth areas including Film & Video; Games Development; Engineering; Digital Fabrication and Applied Science. All the workshops were interactive and provided pupils with the opportunity to experience the practical activities first-hand, gather information and ask questions of experts within that particular career area.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experiences offered within each of the workshops but the highlights of the day were the dissection of a squid to remove the ink sac and the use of the 3D body scanner and printer.
Following on from the workshops, pupils heard from keynote STEM speakers including James Casserly, Vice President of Terex Global business services based out of Lurgan. Pupils were keen to hear about James’ experiences and how his career had taken him around the world, including the US, Europe, India China and Malaysia.
The STEM in Action event was an invaluable opportunity for pupils to gain a better understanding of the types of STEM careers available within Northern Ireland and to recognise the potential opportunities which are forecasted in our local economic growth areas. This information has undoubtedly made the pupils who attended more aware of the skills required within a workforce to cater for these growth areas as well as providing a fun and enjoyable experience. A great day was had by all, pupils and teachers alike!