Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ‘ambassador’s from the European Marine Energy Centre have launched a new mission to raise the profile of STEM careers amongst Orkney school pupils.
The marine energy research centre has a significant resource in STEM subjects, covering chemistry, environmental science, marine engineering and renewable energy, and 25% of EMEC staff have received training to become STEM Ambassadors.
The STEM Ambassadors’ first assignment was during Orkney School’s Japan Week, having been invited to attend St Andrew’s Primary School to discuss the connection between Orkney and Japan in renewable energy.
EMEC Hydrogen Development Manager, Jon Clipsham and ETV Manager, Dave Wakefield, spoke to 80 primary school pupils on the different types of renewable energy and the effects of climate change on the modern world.
They discussed the role of nuclear power in Japan and how EMEC and Japan are collaborating to find innovative ways to harness natural resources to generate power and reduce carbon emissions.
EMEC is further developing a schedule of STEM activities through 2018 including involvement in the Orkney Schools 2018 science project on hydrogen, which concludes at the Science Festival in September.
Neil Kermode, EMEC managing director, said: “I am proud that so many of our staff are motivated to educate the future generation on the importance of STEM subjects and show how studying these subjects can result in rewarding careers.
By visiting schools and sharing their stories, EMEC’s STEM Ambassadors can play an essential role in helping to bring a new and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons. Working with the school can help to head off future skills shortages and prepare pupils for worthwhile technical careers in Orkney.”
Mrs Moar, a teacher at St. Andrew’s Primary School, commented: “Our children thoroughly enjoyed the recent visit from the EMEC STEM Ambassadors.
“They delivered a talk about renewables in an interesting and imaginative way, holding the attention of over 80 children. They answered the children’s questions at an appropriate level and valued each question asked.”
5 Jun 2018