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Prior Pursglove College

Scientists and engineers of the future on display

Employers, teachers and students aged 16+ will be looking into the future this month at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough.

On Friday 28th February the College is hosting an exciting look at the future for young people studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the groundbreaking technologies they can use to learn about their chosen fields, and the careers materials that are helping them find pathways into employment after college.

For those teaching or studying science subjects – or even employers looking to connect with the scientists, engineers and inventors of the future the visit will include a look at the College’s custom built STEM hub and a tour of the facilities on offer. Visitors will spend the day exploring how students are making and using technologies ranging from a 3D printer, a radio telescope and the futuristic cosmic ray detector.

The College will also be giving visitors an insight into how they are working with a consortium of schools to ensure that students are given opportunities to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in contexts that make them relevant to real life – and the gateway to future careers.

The College’s Head of Engineering, Andrew Watts is justifiably proud of Prior Pursglove’s STEM project:

“Science, in all its forms, is fundamental to almost everything we do,” he explains, “but historically it has been hard for learners to see practical examples of how it fits into every-day lives. It’s no longer about Bunsen burners and learning the periodic table off by heart; innovative technologies and scientific approaches are changing the way we live, from medicine, to construction, to the bank – and even the beauty salon.

“We’ve created the learning environment here that puts science in context for young people – and helps them grow the skills that will make them eminently employable. By sharing our work with employers, students and teachers across the region we’re hoping they’ll see the amazing difference a science education can make to students in keeping pace with the demands of the changing world – and economy – we’re living in today”.

Prior Pursglove College’s STEM Futures day takes place on Friday 28 February 2014 from 9.00am – 3.30pm. Hosted by the College and Career Academies UK it is a FREE event funded by the Education and Training Foundation in collaboration with Myscience.

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