Kids are captivated by science and technology subjects
Over 400 pupils have taken part in workshops to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths careers.
A programme of events by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has been touring classrooms since November, and isles schools have been included in the schedule.
Activities are designed to inspire pupils’ interest in so-called Stem subjects. They are also designed to complement an interactive exhibit space at Mareel, which has been visited by over 9,000 people in the last year.
One workshop, Roboplast, has a key environmental message behind it. It sees pupils programme Lego robots to simulate an automatic waste sorting machine and come up with solutions for cutting the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans.
Other workshops on offer include Space Junk, which looks at how satellites navigate space debris.
Spokeswoman Louise Chisholm said: “Every free, fun My World of Work Live experience is about hands-on learning – building, making, designing – and makes the best use of the latest technology to engage and inspire.
“We want young people, their parents, carers and teachers to understand the breadth of opportunity Stem careers offer and the variety of pathways into Stem industries.
“In the next few months we’ll also be introducing a virtual reality workshop which will give young people the experience of what it’s like to work in various roles in the construction industry.”
The My World of Work Live! team recently hosted an information evening for parents and carers in partnership with SSE. The evening offered the chance to hear from modern apprentices working in the energy sector, speak to staff from SDS and SSE and try out the activities for themselves.
SDS Team Leader Linda Nicholson said: “The My World of Work Live workshops complement the work of SDS careers advisers in schools across Shetland, as taking part will help young people develop their career management skills.
“There’s also support for teachers, as the programme is accompanied by resources to help continue discussion and learning when pupils get back to class.”