South Cheshire College receives Reaccreditation of STEM Assured Status
South Cheshire College’s STEM Festival celebrated the reaccreditation of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Assured Status.
Special guest Jason Bradbury, best known for presenting The Gadget Show, was one of the attractions in a Sports Arena filled with innovative technology.
Hundreds of STEM students, school children and members of the community were invigorated by the interactive displays on offer from the College, their industry partners and HE institutions.
Engineering, science and technology was on display for visitors of the festival to experience. Students were able to explore the latest developments in two electric cars and also a vehicle from Bentley Motors. Virtual reality gaming from Staffordshire University and StarDome Planetarium from Techniquest Glyndwr were also among the popular features.
Jason Bradbury moved around the exhibitions sampling the machinery and asking questions, engaging learners in his first-hand experiences of the new technology.
When addressing a group of Media students in a break-out session, Jason Bradbury said: “The cutting edge technology at the STEM Festival is a shining example of the advancements that are taking place every day.
“This Festival is engaging young minds and sparking new ideas to solve problems and take us forward.”
Pebble Brook Primary School provided a ‘sphero’ football arena, where their pupils supported visitors in controlling iPad operated spheres in a Subbuteo style football tournament.
The College’s Centre Theatre was host to a series of guest lectures throughout the day including the University of Manchester’s Professor Robert Dryfe’s presentation on Graphene. The STEM Festival was concluded with South Cheshire College Principal, Jasbir Dhesi, introducing Jason Bradbury for his guest lecture.
The STEM Festival symbolised the College’s celebration of the renewal of the STEM Assurance, first awarded in 2012. STEM Assured is a leading-edge standard that offers a practical way to validate and benchmark STEM provision and drive innovation.
Savraj Bains, Director of Faculty of Humanities, English and STEM, said: “We are delighted to have received reaccreditation of our STEM Assured Status. This benchmark of excellence shows our commitment to provide a curriculum relevant to the STEM industry for our learners.
“Not only is this a real achievement for South Cheshire College, but also the local area. By working together with local employers, we can improve the aspirations and opportunities of the young people we serve.”
A Level student Eve Stockton, is studying STEM subjects at South Cheshire College.
Eve, former Shavington Academy pupil, said: “The STEM Festival was fascinating. It highlighted the variety of career options possible to young people studying STEM related subjects.
“I have only really considered Medicine related options until today. It has given a real insight into how to access other career options away from the usual options you would expect.”
If you wish to find out any more information about STEM courses available at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk