Pupils from Dowdales School enjoyed a taste of life at Barrow Sixth Form College when they visited for a STEM taster day this week.
Seventeen Year 10 science pupils spent at day at the Rating Lane campus taking part in a series of activities across biology, chemistry, physics, applied science and maths.
The Dowdales pupils also took part in a maths masterclass and enjoyed a talk from Pat McIver from GSK in Ulverston – a partner of Choose Cumbria – who outlined the career opportunities available to students who study STEM subjects. Barrow Sixth Form College has recently merged with Furness College and the students also heard from applied science and maths lecturer Raymond Graham about studying at Channelside campus.
The day was organised by Head of Biology Helen Rastelli who said it had gone extremely well and the pupils had enjoyed an in-depth look at science and maths and what they might learn at A level.
“We all had a lot of fun doing tasks including designing wind turbines, carrying out drug doping tests and using equipment that the students wouldn’t be able to use in school like lasers and colorimeters,” she said. “College students enjoyed meeting the Year 10 students and helping them to learn about STEM subjects at college and wider college life.”
Dowdales chemistry teacher Janet Holden, who also looks after enrichment at the school in Dalton, said it was important for pupils to experience first-hand the next step of education.
“We want to improve our pupils’ aspirations and get them thinking about post-16 study and make them aware of the options,” she said.
“For some of them it will be the first time they have been into the sixth form college and it gives them a chance to think where it might take them in their careers.”
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