For the fifth consecutive year, Fareham College’s CEMAST campus has hosted the Education Business Partnership’s (EBP) STEM Fair for primary school pupils in the local area. Hundreds of young people attended to take part in a variety of activities laid on by local businesses and organisations, to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Companies including Portsmouth Water, Pfizer and Pall and many more attended the event to share their knowledge and expertise with pupils who were very keen to get involved. Using their own resources, the business volunteers laid on exciting activities such as the manipulation of different gases, navigating across a minefield and creating innovative water supplies from reservoirs to homes. The purpose of the event was to inspire and engage young people in STEM industries, to enrich their learning and broaden awareness of the subjects, whilst also having great fun and taking part in live activities!
Fareham College Principal, Nigel Duncan, said,
“This has been a fantastic event for CEMAST to be involved in and we enjoyed welcoming all of the organisations and schools taking part. The STEM Fair provides an exciting and engaging way to inform young people about careers in these vital industries. We are very fortunate to have such outstanding facilities at CEMAST and hope the pupils that have participated in the Fair will be inspired to become the scientists and engineers of the future.”
Pauline French, Quality Specialist from Pfizer said,
“This event is all about inspiring young people and showing them that STEM isn’t about lab coats in labs.”
Jacquie Jones, Project Manager at EBP South, said,
“The STEM Fair is a chance to see how these important subjects are very relevant to future careers and our everyday lives. Everything is aimed at encouraging young people to enjoy STEM subjects, and to be inspired for their own futures. EBP South is enormously grateful to all the exhibitors, sponsors and hosts who made this such an exciting and informative event.”
As the Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training, CEMAST was an ideal venue for the fair and it proved to be a very successful event. With vast workshops and high-tech equipment, the campus allowed young people to experience real STEM in action.
The STEM Fair is run in partnership by the Education Business Partnership with Portsmouth Water, sponsored by Pfizer and hosted by Fareham College.