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Posted: 26/03/12

Pupils to be scientists and engineers for the day

Television presenter Kate Bellingham will be inspiring engineers and scientists of the future at Vision West Notts this week.

The former presenter of BBC’s Tomorrow’s World and ITV’s Big Bang will be speaking to children from primary and secondary schools in the Mansfield and Ashfield area about the exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while tutors at the college provide interactive experiments and activities to over 100 schoolchildren.

Kate is now the National STEM careers co-ordinator at the government’s Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

On Friday (30 March) school pupils will be taking part in plasma-cutting workshops, transforming 3D forms through poly-morphing techniques, constructing bottle rockets, creating computer games and enjoying a specially-created pyrotechnic sound and light display.

The event, which takes place at the college’s Create building at the Derby Road campus, will give pupils aged seven to 16 the opportunity to see the kind of careers open to them should they study a STEM subject.

Director of curriculum and standards Janice Hill said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for school pupils to engage in this exciting project, aimed at producing the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

“It will provide them with hands-on experiments which demonstrate the variety that science, technology, engineering and maths can bring to their future studies and, ultimately, careers within these key industries.”