On the 13th July over 170 Primary School students travelled to Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke to take part in EBP South’s new Basingstoke Primary Schools’ STEM Fair, in partnership with AWE. The event saw young people take part in hands on activities which captured their imagination and educated them about STEM Careers.
Mrs Cutmore from Fairfields School said “What an inspiring morning! I’ve seen lots of smiles, science and slime. The children have loved it.”
The event, which is also sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Queen Mary’s College and BCS (British Computer Society) and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Basingstoke and Deane Rotary Club featured 11 organisations providing 15 engaging activities for the Year 5 and 6 students to take part in. Activities included the AWE Glovebox Challenge, Escape the Room, Programming Robots, Coding and Write Your Name in DNA. Through taking part in the activities students were inspired about careers in STEM and learnt how their school curriculum links to the world of work.
Chris Daniels, Senior Manager Responsible Business at AWE said “STEM educational outreach is a core part of AWE’s community programme and we’re grateful for the support from EBP South to pull events like these together. Our STEM Ambassadors are passionate about working with the next generation and found the Primary STEM Fair really rewarding. The students clearly enjoyed engaging with local employers in STEM activities and the event was a really successful first step to engage the future pipeline in STEM.”
Richard Kennett, CEO at EBP South said “EBP South are delighted to bring our Primary Schools’ STEM Fair to Basingstoke for the first time. It is vital that young people learn about different career options from a young age, and by providing them with the opportunity to interact with employers whilst at primary school we are opening their eyes to all the STEM careers they could choose to pursue in the future.”