Hundreds of Gloucestershire children investigated the science of slime and welded with chocolate as they took part in this year’s STEM Day at Wycliffe College
On offer were a range of workshops, many run by Wycliffe Sixth Formers, and talks by wildlife biologist, naturalist and filmmaker Lizzie Daly and Bloodhound STEM communicator Mike Ford.
More than 425 children from Croft Primary in Painswick, St Mary’s CofE in Tetbury, St Joseph’s in Malmesbury, King’s Stanley CofE Primary, Lakeside Primary in Cheltenham, Harewood Primary Gloucester, Park Junior Stonehouse and Wycliffe Prep took part in the day’s activities.
“STEM Days are really important because STEM is part of our everyday lives and is integral to everything we do,” said biologist and presenter Lizzie Daly.
“This event at Wycliffe is important because children get to see the variety of jobs and professions and get inspiration about the amazing careers they could have.”
For Amara Knight, Year 6 at King’s Stanley CofE Primary there was no doubt what was the best part of the day.
“I loved making the bendy pens and making slime. It was the best!” she said.
Matt Archer, Head of Sixth Form, said the day also enabled Sixth Formers to give back to the community and to share their love of STEM subjects.
“There is nothing as satisfying as seeing a young pupil’s face light up when they have discovered the mystery of welding with chocolate or creating a primitive tool from a piece of flint,” he said.
“At Wycliffe we are passionate about STEM and for our Sixth Formers this is an incredible opportunity to share their knowledge and their enthusiasm.”
Several Gloucestershire businesses and STEM organisations also took part in the event. They include: Renishaw, Bloodhound and Rednock School.