70% of students want to go into STEM careers EBP South’s annual 2-day Primary Schools’ STEM Fair in partnership with Portsmouth Water and supported by Pfizer took place at CEMAST, Fareham College and saw 500 students aged 10-11-year-old from 11 schools. Following the Primary Schools’ STEM Fair, 70% of students said they now wanted to go into STEM careers. The Primary STEM event inspires young people to engage into STEM from an early age through businesses providing exciting 25-minute STEM activities. Research from the Primary Futures report from the Education and Employers charity highlighted that ‘Early interventions can be a very cost-effective targeted way of raising children’s’ aspirations and broadening their horizons.’ Paul Organ, Teacher at St Swithun’s School said, "The Primary Schools’ STEM Fair is engaging and motivating. There is just enough factual information without the children losing interest and the practical activities keeps them engaged. It is relatable to real life contexts that they can understand. A credit to the businesses for the participation and provision of activities. The organisation on the day was fantastic and the staff accommodating and helpful." Jacquie Jones, EBP South Project Manager said; “It’s great to see the positive impact the Primary Schools’ STEM Fair has on young people and that we are supporting the campaign to overcome STEM skills gaps for both male and female students”. “It is such an important event for businesses to invest in their future pipeline by working with young people from an early age and from the statistics shows the impact business can have by attending these events”. The business activities give the young people an insight into how STEM subjects link to the world of work and future careers. Ian Limb, Head of HR from Portsmouth Water said, "We are delighted and proud to be the headline sponsor for the 2019 EBP STEM fair. Helping local children learn more about STEM fits right into our core ethos of supporting the local community. It was great to see everyone leaning more about STEM and hopefully we saw some budding engineers and scientists in the making.” Contact EBP South for information about how you can work with EBP South’s a one point of contact to schools across Hampshire.