Stu­dents hands on at event

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HUN­DREDS of stu­dents tried their hand at science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) work­shops.

The 600 pupils ex­pe­ri­enced ‘STEM in ac­tion’ at the Co-op Academy North Manch­ester in Black­ley as part of the 2018 Year of En­gi­neer­ing.

A range of or­gan­i­sa­tions vis­ited the academy on Vic­to­ria Av­enue East for the STEM Day, to run the work­shops and talk to the young­sters about the im­por­tance of STEM in daily life.

With the cur­rent short­age of STEM skills in the UK, job va­can­cies in the four sec­tors are hard to fill – and this be­gins with a gap in ed­u­ca­tion.

At the academy work­shops were de­liv­ered by ENGIE, Bu­reau Ver­i­tas, the Royal Academy of En­gi­neer­ing. En­ergy Quest, Tech North Ad­vo­cates and Thales.

Dr Chi­wne Njoku, a maths teacher at the academy, said: “With the hun­dreds of bright fu­tures in our academy, there’s no telling how far they will go in clos­ing the STEM skills short­age gap in the UK.

“I was ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see how our stu­dents en­gaged with our STEM Day work­shops and am­bas­sadors, and I look for­ward to see­ing where these ex­pe­ri­ences will take them.”

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