Little learners light up STEM Lanarkshire launch

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Budding junior Einsteins got to experience the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics first-hand at the launch of STEM Lanarkshire.

Thirty little learners attended a ‘Step into STEM’ event at the Coatbridge Campus of New College Lanarkshire.

The launch of STEM Lanarkshire is to support teachers, lecturers and educational professionals across the region to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths-related subjects.

Children from the Cumbernauld and Coatbridge campus nurseries enjoyed an action-packed morning trying out interactive activities led by students at the College.

The children donned pre-school-sized lab coats and participated in a series of fun experiments that explored scientific principles such as gravity and static electricity.

They then changed into high-vis vests to try an electronic escape challenge, as well as coding LEGO robotics.

Dental Nursing students wearing ‘tooth fairy’ wings encouraged the little learners to try out dental impressions.

The early years event was followed by a presentation and networking opportunity to officially launch STEM Lanarkshire and was attended by more than 50 guests from across the education sector.

Guest speaker Aileen Hamilton from Science Connects presented an informative session on the benefits of using the network of STEM Ambassadors across the UK.

The College plans to host STEM events for primary pupils in May and for high school pupils in October.

Clare Flynn, Head of Faculty of Care and Science, said: “Our aim is to create opportunities for anyone in the education sector to become involved and to know that they have a resource in the Lanarkshire region they can turn to.

“Our ambition in Lanarkshire is to introduce STEM at as early an age as possible, to expose learners of all ages to STEM activities and create a STEM mind-set throughout the education pipeline.

“We are offering teachers and lecturers an opportunity to join us within STEM Lanarkshire to share resources and ideas and to be part of a regional model to promote STEM to all of our learners.”

Derek Steven, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Science, said: “We need to ensure that we build on every generation’s ‘Science Capital’, from the youngest learner to the eldest, to ensure that in Lanarkshire we bridge the gap in the STEM labour market.

“I would welcome any help and support from education to industry in ensuring that our vision in Lanarkshire is met.”

Anyone interested in being involved in STEM Lanarkshire should contact Derek Steven (CQL-Science) Derek.Steven@nclan.ac.uk or call 0300 555 8080.

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