A programme run by the Royal Academy of Engineering has been supported by 3Mers at Bracknell by showcasing the wide ranging career opportunities for local school students through the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.
Sixty students from five schools in the Bracknell area toured the Customer Innovation Centre and joined in a careers event with 3M employees.
The event was organised by Annie Beglin, a teacher co-ordinator with the Royal Academy of Engineering, as part of its industry-funded ‘Connecting STEM Teachers’ programme, which was launched in 2011 to create a national network of support for teachers across all STEM subjects.
Annie explained: “The programme helps ensure that teachers have the knowledge and confidence to engage a greater number and wider spectrum of school students with STEM.
“We’ve held previous events for teachers in the Berkshire area, but this was the first for students and we were really delighted 3M agreed to host it for us. The technologies being demonstrated at the Customer Innovation Centre are amazing and the students were blown away by it all.
“And being able to talk in person to the 3M employees about their careers was a great boost. It was a brilliant way for them to appreciate how STEM subjects can lead to a whole host of interesting careers.”
Taking part were The Brakenhale School, Ranelagh School, Easthampstead Park Community School and Garth Hill College in Bracknell, together with The Bulmershe School, Reading.
Science teacher Danielle Jennings of The Brakenhale School said the students had “loved the trip” and the feedback from them had showed a determination to take up science as a career. “It gave them a much better idea of career paths after school,” she commented.
John Klee, corporate communications manager, said: “Around 20 employees volunteered their time to help with the event and it was thanks to all of them that it proved such a success. We’re very glad the students gained so much benefit from it.”