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Talented school students get a taste of college life

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A local school student tries out an experiment a part of the engineering masterclass

Talented key stage 3 students from local schools were welcomed to Wakefield College recently to take part in STEMPLUS masterclasses. The students, many of whom part of their school’s gifted & talented cohorts, had the opportunity to try out activities in a range of subject areas including science, technology, engineering, maths and digital industries.

STEMPLUS is designed to give learners the opportunity to access areas of study beyond their classroom at school and build on existing knowledge in subjects that interest them – subjects that may lead on to further study at College and University and ultimately into a rewarding and enjoyable career. It also gives young people a first taste of college life and the chance to take part in lessons delivered by expert lecturers who have a wealth of experience in their respective industry.

Wakefield College Partnership Manager James Pennnington said: “We were delighted to welcome so many 13 and 14 year olds who gave up their time during half term to come and try our STEMPLUS Masterclasses.  We’re aiming to give young people with a passion for STEM and digital industry subjects an opportunity to access industry specific activities and experiences.

“We plan to build on the success of these classes and run additional sessions in February and May which will also include input from local employers to ensure children can learn more about the exciting careers available in the Wakefield District and beyond.”

For more information please contact a member of the School Liaison Team at Wakefield College via email 14-16UnitMailbox@wakefield.ac.uk.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 1 November, 2016

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