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MANCH­ESTER United Foundation and pupils from its part­ner schools have been in­volved with var­i­ous STEM projects over the past week.

Fe­male stu­dents from schools across Greater Manch­ester, which are part­nered with the Foundation, at­tended an event at the BBC, Me­di­aCi­tyUK, to ex­plore Women in STEM (WiSTEM).

A panel led by Claire Hox­worth, chair of the WiSTEM com­mu­nity at the BBC, spoke of their own per­sonal jour­neys into ca­reer in the Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths in­dus­tries.

The stu­dents in at­ten­dance had pre­vi­ously shown an in­ter­est in STEM sub­jects and through­out the event were en­cour­aged to ex­plore the wide op­tions of ca­reers avail­able. Pupils learnt about cod­ing through the BBC’s mi­cro:bit tool by pro­gram­ming and down­load­ing their names, emo­jis and mu­sic onto the de­vice.

They ex­pe­ri­enced vir­tual re­al­ity in the BBC’s Blue Room and were even in­tro­duced to an in­ter­ac­tive cat.

The girls also at­tended other work­shops to learn about web­site de­sign and how to cre­ate a mo­bile app.

Later in the af­ter­noon pupils were given a tour of CBee­bies ‘Swash­buckle’ pro­gramme, vis­it­ing the pro­duc­tion gal­leries and the set, the aim of which was to show that STEM ca­reers are widely var­ied.

Me­gan, 15, from Water­head Academy in Old­ham, said: “Today has so­lid­i­fied what I was al­ready think­ing of be­cause I re­ally like cod­ing and to be able to do that ac­tu­ally for a liv­ing would be re­ally fun. ● ●

“With­out Manch­ester United Foundation I wouldn’t have had the op­tion of at­tend­ing this event, I’m not sporty by any mea­sure but through things like STEM it gets peo­ple who are less sport-in­clined to be in­volved in the Foundation.”

Re­becca, 14, from Swin­ton High School, added: “The vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets were re­ally in­ter­est­ing, see­ing how tech­nol­ogy has ● pro­gressed through­out time was re­ally good.

“It has opened my eyes to a lot more jobs in this area.

“Hav­ing Manch­ester United Foundation and our coach, Chris, in our school means we do things that are once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple like us.”

A fur­ther event took place at Old Traf­ford in as­so­ci­a­tion with the RAF and Hands on Sci­ence, en­gag­ing young peo­ple in skills and em­ploy­a­bil­ity tasks.

Pupils from Foundation part­ner schools at­tended a ses­sion where they learned team build­ing skills and en­gi­neer­ing, which saw them build cars to race and de­sign helipads.

Manch­ester United Foundation is part­nered with 17 high schools across Greater Manch­ester.

Full time coaches are based within the schools to work with the pupils, feeder pri­mary schools and within the lo­cal com­mu­nity to build last­ing re­la­tion­ships and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to change their lives for the bet­ter.

Stu­dents vis­ited the set of the CBee­bies ‘Swash­buckle’ pro­gramme

Stu­dents learn about STEM ca­reers

Vir­tual re­al­ity in the BBC’s Blue Room

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