Highlighting Local STEM Opportunities

April has been the month for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fairs as DYW WH attended the Lochaber High School Big Bang event on the 25th April, followed by the Lundavra Primary STEM fair on the 26th April.

It all started with a Big Bang: Lochaber High & Portree High Schools

S1 and S2 pupils from Lochaber High School and visiting schools Mallaig and Kilhuimen had the fantastic opportunity to speak to numerous employers who had come along to the fair with a variety of interesting STEM activities to raise awareness of possible STEM careers. Visiting employers included Lochaber Geopark, BSW, The Underwater Centre, Liberty Aluminium, Royal Navy, Army, CITB,  West Highland College, Skills Development Scotland, Strathclyde University and BAM Nuttall.

Similarly, on the 24th April,  S1 and S2 pupils from Plockton and Portree High Schools also enjoyed their own Big Bang event at Portree High School engaging with a number of employers and different activities throughout the day.

These impressive fairs were organised by ESP (Energy Skills Partnership) in conjunction with West Highland College and support from DYW WH who all hope such events will actively encourage young students to study STEM related subjects in their senior phase of High School.

Lundavra Primary STEM Event

DYW WH also attended and helped to contact employers to ask them to come along to the Lundavra Primary STEM fair which aimed to encourage primary 5 and 7 children to ask questions about science careers and subjects. Groups of excited young children from St. Columba’s, Caol, Lundavra, Inverlochy, Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, Banavie, Spean Bridge and Invergarry primary had the opportunity to ask numerous employers about their businesses whilst trying out different STEM activities which included controlling a robotic arm, helping to programme a life size robot and learn about different rock samples brought along by Breedon Quarry!

A pupil from Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar, stated: “Our class had such a great time at the STEM event held at Lundavra Primary.”

The fair was organised by RAISE (Raising Attainment in Science Education) representative Emily Brown, who hopes that such events will help to build primary school children’s knowledge and awareness of STEM subjects so that they may choose to study these further during their high school years!

A massive thanks to the employers who agreed to come along and a big congratulations to Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar who won the science project prize!

One winner commented: “We used lots of different skills to develop and present our learning on the dangers of plastic.”

If you would like DYW WH to help support your STEM activities or would like more information about other DYW WH opportunities, please phone us on: 01397 705765 or pop in and see us at: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH.  Alternatively, you can email us on: info@dywwesthighland.org