More than 200 pupils from primary schools in and around Maryport came together to learn first-hand about science, engineering and constructive problem-solving at a STEM Discovery Day on March 19th at Energus.
The Year 5 (9-10-year-old) pupils worked with representatives from Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, KAEFER, Cavendish Nuclear, Doosan Babcock, Energus and the University of Cumbria.
A variety of activities took place and focused on learning through fun and activities. The children got to take part in code breaking sessions, became planners for the day as they worked in teams to design and make a sofa made from balloons. They got the chance to turn CSI in a forensic workshop organised by the University of Cumbria and hear about the most dangerous jobs in the world as well as the jobs that one day won’t exist. Pupils also got to design their very own scientist and had a tour of the Energus Cyber Lab to discover the challenges of cyber security.
A key element of the project was ensuring the pupils understand how the workshops and experiments link back to the World of work. Pupils had a series of questions they were able to ask the employers about. Schools plan to use this information as a basis for further work back in the classroom.
Primary schools taking part include Ewanrigg, Broughton Moor, Our Lady St Patricks, Maryport Church of England, Richmond Hill, Dearham, Flimby, and Northside.
The Maryport Extended Schools Partnership STEM Discovery Day was coordinated through the Primary Business Partnership.
Maryport Extended Schools Partnership coordinator Nicola Woolley explains:
“There has been outstanding support for this project from schools and local businesses, and that has made it possible to organise this day. Events like these work within the Science Technology Engineering Maths framework to excite the children about the practical ways those skills can be applied to problem solving in our modern World. They were able to learn with guidance from representatives of the companies taking part – professionals who use these skills every day”
#NCW2019 is the official hashtag for the week and it’s a celebration of brilliant careers ideas, resources and experiences developed by educators all over the UK.
National Careers Week CIC is a non-profit organisation that is set up to promote, develop and share ideas and resources – FOR FREE – for educators to use. So how can you get involved?
1. A full suite of materials, games, tasks, tools and resources can be downloaded from the website at www.nationalcareersweek.com – where you can sign up for the newsletter.
2. Use the website to find out who your local NCW Ambassadors are and how to get in touch with them.
3. Down the full graphics pick and use them on your school website, twitter pages and other social media.
4. Print off the resources (Primary, Secondary and SEND school resources are available) and use them to start conversations.
5. Go to the pop-up site for 2019 and download everything super quick www.ncw2019.co.uk
6. Use the assembly templates to launch #NCW2019 in your school.
7. Share your great ideas and activities on Twitter / Instagram using the @CareersWeek tag and the #NCW2019 hashtag.
8. Check out the Case Studies on the website – they all won awards as exemplars of best practice.
9. Enter the #NCW2019 Competitions – there’s one for Primary / SEND and Secondary.
10. Start great conversations with parents and local businesses about what work they do and why!
Enthusiastic Year 5 and 6 pupils from Distington Primary School spent the morning trying out their interviewing skills to find out more about the career opportunities available in Cumbria. They were taking part in the school’s Dream Big — Aspirations day and alongside volunteers from local employers they considered their hopes and dreams for the future, dreaming big and learning important messages about trying hard and maintaining a positive attitude.
Catherine Eve from the Primary Business Partnership got the event off to a lively start by asking children to match jobs to the employers in the room, for example guessing which of their guests had a career which included the demolition of cooling towers, who regularly travelled to Japan with their job, who had sold houses in the past or studied psychology at university.
Local business representatives supporting the day included:
◾Gill Marsden — MD at NIS Ltd
◾Catherine Wilson — Recruitment and Admissions officer Lakes College
The children had a chance to interview the speakers and find out more about their fascinating careers before spending time thinking about their own dream jobs and for some courageous children, the opportunity to be interviewed in front of the whole class.
The strong message that the children got from the session was that working hard is the only way to achieve your goals. Angela Quirk, Head Teacher said about the event…
“It was an excellent Aspiration session for our year 5 & 6 children. It was fun and interactive and the children gained so much from it. In an area of such high unemployment and social deprivation, meeting local people with such varied career journeys inspired our children.”
Gill Marsden MD at NIS and one of our business volunteers said…
“I would encourage anyone to get involved, it was a really enjoyable morning and a privilege to share stories and experiences with such an enthusiastic group of children.”
The Steam Trail, an exciting new initiative organised and funded by BEC and based on Westlakes Science Park for Primary School Children across West Cumbria, launched today. The teaching staff and children at Valley Primary School were the first children to complete the trail which has been coordinated for them through Primary Business Partnership, an initiative set up and funded by OneAIM. The Primary Business Partnership is a free matchmaking and sign posting service for Primary Schools and Businesses across Copeland and Allerdale which inspires the next generation of young people by connecting primary schools throughout Allerdale and Copeland with local businesses. The scheme is managed by the Centre for Leadership Performance in Cockermouth.
Luke Richardson, Social Impact Manager for OneAIM said: “This visit is just one example of the way that the Primary Business Partnership helps to match primary schools with local businesses who can offer career/enterprise related activities to the next generation. Our job is really to listen to schools and businesses, match them carefully and then help bring them together with the minimum fuss. That means the schools, businesses and, most importantly, students benefit from our service”
These interactive tours will be held on Friday afternoons for primary schools across West Cumbria. Primary Business Partnership hope to work with BEC to broker many more visits for other local primary schools.