SETA supports local schools with virtual careers events
During lockdown careers events , fairs and activities were unable to take place in their usual face-to-face manner.
So to help support schools and to get the STEM message out there, Michelle Rolfe, SETA's Marketing Services Manager, took to her computer to engage virtually with school children.
As part of a Virtual Insight into Careers Day held by Noadswood Secondary School the pupils were able to gain an overview into a variety of different careers ranging from hospitality to accountancy. Michelle represented the Engineering Sector and provided a broad indication of how vast engineering is, starting with everyday examples of how our world relies on the work of engineers. This then drilled down into what engineering apprenticeships are and how to find out more.
They were then split into groups so that they could take part in a STEM task (How many books could your paper structure hold?), overseen by their teachers. The winning construction held an amazing 14 books!
A week later Michelle was then engaging with Primary aged school children by supporting the EBP South Primary Schools STEM Fair, held in Partnership with Portsmouth Water. The event saw each participant presenting virtually to three separate schools all at the same time. So in total 120 youngsters heard all about engineering in the context of their daily lives, and learnt a bit about what apprenticeships are.
The more fun session was getting them all to produce circular aeroplanes and watching them testing them in their classes! This was accompanied by a video that was created and starred Maisie one of The SETA Apprentice Council Representatives. In the step-by-step video guide she demonstrated how to build the plane and how to fly it.
SETA is proud to be informing the next generation of engineers and breaking down stereotypes regarding apprenticeships and females in engineering.
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