Dental Science

Primary five pupils from St Augustine’s Primary School visited New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus to get an insight into the range of careers available in Dental and Science.

Curriculum and Quality Leaders, Kate Wilson and Derek Steven, engaged the group of more than 50 pupils.

They explained the range of jobs available in Science and Dental and demonstrated some exciting and noisy experiments to show that both can be interesting and fun.

Activities and experiments included how fireworks are made, magic bubbles creating fire, dental impressions and oral health.

The pupils also had the chance to visit the College’s state-of-the-art Dental Facilities, with its clinical skills lab featuring phantom heads.

Students on Dental programmes gave pupils the opportunity to work with the equipment, using the tools on models of mouths and taking dental impressions.

The activities were designed to give pupils a taste of work, as laid out by Skills Development Scotland’s World of Work initiative and in line with the Scottish Government’s Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce strategy.

This encouraged young people to think about the range of careers that are available across many different skills areas.

Headteacher Caroline Docherty said: “The children enjoyed their experience at the College enormously.

“They were hugely impressed with the facilities and the experiences they had on the day – many children expressed a great interest in the field of science and dentistry as a future career.

“We would like to extend our great thanks to New College Lanarkshire for hosting this fabulous event which linked in with the pupils work on the world of work. We are now looking forward to a return visit!”

The visit allowed College students to gain a taste of working with young people, developing confidence in their own knowledge and giving them an opportunity to put their study into practice.

Clare Flynn, Head of Faculty for Care and Science, said: “This was a great opportunity for New College Lanarkshire to engage with pupils from a local primary and introduce them to our College and its students and to experience the world of Science and Dentistry as a career.

“I am confident all of the students and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the event.”

New College Lanarkshire’s Faculty of Care and Science maintains a number of partnerships with local schools and organisations to ensure a mutual benefit for its students and members of the community to learn more about the subject areas.