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.”


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  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 14th, 2017 18:25

    Specialist undergraduate, S.T.E.M and Computing Center for Shetland.
    A vital need for a modern and dynamic Shetland. Sadly, overlooked and ignored by the Robinson Council, leaving our youngsters ill-equipped for the Modern World. Our whole understanding of our environment and World depends on knowledge. Science, technology, engineering and maths skills, alongside computing and software, are sadly mostly ignored across Shetland. We should be a World leader. I propose a new purpose built facility for the West Side as an extension of the N.A.F.C.
    Independent Candidate, West Ward Shetland .

    • Graham Fleming

      • February 14th, 2017 23:26

      But at what cost( no fag packets please) all talk and no pay makes jack a very surreal ploy.Promising the earth before elections is one thing costing and delivering is another world altogether. We look forward to your complete financial assessment, this World leading project is going to be for the hard press council taxpayers.


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