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Students from across the district attended Wakefield College on the first day of half-term for the second of three STEMplus masterclasses.

Held during October, February and May half terms, year 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to participate in a range of challenging activities in STEM and digital industry related areas, including Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Computer Games Design, Physics, Biology, Psychology and Music. 

Following a specific pathway or a mix and match option, students access areas of study beyond their classroom and school and to build on existing knowledge in subjects that interest them. It also gives young people a first taste of college life and an opportunity to take part in lessons delivered by new teachers and in new surroundings. 

Grace Wigham who took the Computer Games Design class from St Thomas à Becket Catholic Secondary School said, “I enjoyed the way the lesson was run and I learned new things on the game. The tutor made the lesson really fun.” 

On the day, they learned how to use new music technology to create their own soundtrack to a film, how antibiotic resistance is occurring and techniques carried out by microbiologists to diagnose diseases, plus how engineers are an integral part of today’s society and the part they play in everything we see and use around us.

Jack Baron who took part in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering class from Cathedral Academy said, “It was really hands on and interactive and highly enjoyable.” Sara Lewis from the Physics class also from Cathedral Academy said, “I like science so physics was nice to do because we don’t do it at school. In school we only do chemistry and basic science so it was more advanced and I liked the challenge of doing more advanced circuits.”

James Pennington, Acting Head of Student Experience at Wakefield College said, “STEMplus continues to be popular with Year 8 and 9 students in the local area. It provides a challenging learning experience for children and gives them access to a range of new subjects. It is fantastic to see so many females accessing Engineering Master Classes and STEMplus aims to challenge stereotypes and raise awareness of some of the higher education and careers opportunities in STEM subjects.”

 

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 22 February, 2018

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