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“It was so much fun!”
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A mutual passion for engineering brought Pembrokeshire College engineering staff, Mainstay Marine Solutions, boat and marine energy device builders based in Pembroke Dock and Broadhaven School together for a fun and engaging day of STEM related activities recently.
Year 5 pupils started their morning with a challenge set by Project Manager Emma Lewis and Industrial Design Engineer Jacqueline Rawthorne rom Mainstay Marine. Pupils were tasked to design and construct a boat which could support a weight without it sinking, “I loved the day, especially making my boat, which actually floated,” enthused Libby Phillips.
The College’s aim is to raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects to primary age; class-based theory is sometimes not enough to excite young people, but when supported by fun practical activities and team challenges STEM subjects are given the celebrity status they deserve. “We specifically want to encourage girls to choose science and engineering related courses as it can lead to rewarding, professional careers,” said Mechanical Engineer and College lecturer Karen Flannery. “Increasingly, large engineering and construction organisations are becoming more pro-active in their pursuit of raising awareness to females in this usually male dominated sector,” continued Karen.
Next up, Pembrokeshire College’s engineering lecturers William Bateman, Richard McDermott and Karen, tasked the groups with a design and build activity using a giant set of Meccano. With healthy competition on display the teams were required to navigate an assault course without spilling the liquid, which the vehicle they build was carrying, “This was the most fun that I’ve ever had on a school trip!” said Iori Curtis.
Pembrokeshire College has amazing science and engineering facilities and expertise which local school collaborations are benefitting from, “This has been an exceptional day for our children, the activities and the staff have been great. I want to book today for next year’s event!” Said Viv Grey MBE, Broadhaven School.