Inspiring young people into STEM

A conference aimed at encouraging young people to think about STEM careers engaged with over 100 pupils from schools across Glasgow.

Run in partnership with City of Glasgow College, SmartSTEMs and EDF Energy, the innovative event provided information on STEM careers as well as offering support for organisations and educators on the latest opportunities for young people.

Douglas Morrison, Associate Director of Innovation and STEM at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Our college was delighted to host this event together with SmartSTEMs and EDF Energy. Such valuable collaborations go a long way to helping raise awareness in young people of STEM subjects and the wealth of career opportunities open to them in STEM sectors.

“The pupils attending today’s event are all aged 11 to 13 years so it is important they are shown now the range of options and pathways available to them so they are able to make informed choices.”

Stuart Macdonald, Founder of SmartSTEMs said:

“We are delighted to pull together many wonderful industry partners and scores of generous volunteers to deliver this great event for these young boys and girls. We are proud to be playing our part in making Scotland a great place to discover and pursue STEM careers.”

Paul Winkle, Scottish Business Director for EDF Energy, said:

“EDF Energy hopes that by capturing their imaginations at events like this one, more children will be inspired to study STEM subjects at school.

“Jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations, but it’s projected that there won’t be enough graduates and apprentices to fill the roles. We are delighted to be working with SmartSTEMs and City of Glasgow College to try and change that.”

A range of business partners and organisations including EDF Energy, Police Scotland, Cala Homes, JP Morgan and Bricks4Kids exhibited at the event, while a former engineering student at the college, Dale Colley, gave a key speech on the drone he has developed to measure water quality in canals.

A mix of informative workshops took place within sector themes, including the science of chocolate, cyber security, construction and digital design with pupils able to get hands-on with the activities.