Encouraging primary age children to think about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was the aim of a successful pilot staged at the award-winning Bedford College campus on Monday 13th June.
More than 180 Key Stage 2 students from Shackleton, Cauldwell and Shortstown schools tried their hands at testing construction materials, making their own paper planes (with the help of international aviation giants Lockheed Martin), computing – involving upgrading RAM and GPU components of a PC, and making their own fingerprint keyrings and extracting DNA.
The pilot project was supported by The Connolly Foundation which helped to finance some of the activity resources, and transportation for the students from their classrooms to the multi-million new Modern Methods of Construction centre at the Bedford College campus in Cauldwell Street.
Director of Construction David Wilkins said:
“We’re grateful to companies Lockheed Martin and Sika for sending along staff to meet the students. The students were a credit to the Hearts Academies Trust which oversee the schools, they all showed a tremendous interest and we hope this will have inspired them to think about careers in construction, engineering and computing.”
Showing the way in the science subjects was 21-year-old Aailyah Damon-Vergari who is working towards her Teaching Assistant Level 7, as well as studying for a BTEC in Analytical Forensics and Biology Sciences at Bedford College. She was completing vital work experience by showing the visiting students how to take fingerprints as part of the event.
“The Bedford College Group is a great place to be when you have to juggle work, motherhood and study,”
said Aaliyah who has two-year-old son. She is halfway through her BTEC and hopes to eventually to become a science teacher.