It IS rocket science for Bradford pupils

A student makes a paper plane as part of the Routes to STEM course

Secondary school pupils from Bradford learned how their careers could take off by studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects as an education camp during half term.

Pupils from Titus Salt School and Bradford Grammar designed rockets, paper planes, kites and hover crafts as part of a ‘Routes into STEM’ programme arranged by the Engineering Development Trust in collaboration with Bradford College, the University of Bradford and Schneider Electric.

The three-day course for Year 9 and 10 pupils informed them of opportunities offered by STEM-based careers and the routes to getting them through courses at college, university or apprenticeships.

Bradford College hosted day one of the course at its Trinity Green campus.

Helen Seymour, STEM development officer, launches a rocket

Helen Seymour, STEM development officer at Bradford College, said: “With a shortage of STEM skills in the economy, events like this are really important to encourage young people to pick STEM subjects and consider STEM careers.

“Our focus was on the personal qualities of being an engineer - creativity, problem-solving, communication and teamwork. The students took part of a range of activities based around flight which culminated in them designing air-powered rockets and water-powered rockets.”

A student makes a giant balloon at the Routes to STEM event

The students taking part in the programme also got the chance to gain a bronze industry-led accreditation from Industrial Cadets. 

Bradford College offers a wide range of STEM courses from apprenticeships, GCSEs and A Levels up to degree level. Anyone interested in finding out more or applying for a course starting in September should register to attend the next open day on Saturday 7 July

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