High Force Research’s STEM Co-ordinator, Iain Lawson, had a busy few months during the summer term visiting local schools and colleges to help encourage pupils to consider careers in STEM.
Iain has visited a number of schools and colleges across the region. The visits have focused on a wide variety of topics – from speaking to AS Level students at Bede Sixth Form College about how you take a drug from ‘bench to market’, through to demonstrating chemistry in action in everyday life to pupils at Wallsend St Peter’s Church of England Primary School!
Speaking about the visits, Iain said: “It’s great to be able to visit so many of our local schools and colleges and I always find the visits so rewarding. There are so many different roles and specialisms for young people to consider, but often career routes within the industry aren’t obvious and young people are surrounded by so many negative perceptions of science.
“I always try to make the visits as fun and informative as possible as I really believe that Science should be fun. After all it’s messy and lots of things go bang! But best of all you get to spend your time discovering things.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in HFR’s STEM outreach visits and we’re keen to reach out to as many schools as possible during the new school year.”
If you work at or know of a school or college that may be interested in arranging a visit over the next term, please contact Iain on firstname.lastname@example.org