The Big Bang Fair
On Thursday 13th March 14 students from Blacon High attended the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. The fair is aimed at young Scientists and Engineers and is designed to develop their interest in careers in the Science and Technology Sectors. While at the event the students took part in a number of hands on activities, talks and demonstrations including, ‘How Fireworks work’ and a journey through space and time. There were a number of large national companies such as Airbus, The National Grid, the NHS and Walkers all providing an insight into how Science plays a key role in their companies. The students involved had a great day and even won some prizes for the answers they gave during question time. A big thank you to Mr Stroyd for driving the minibus - just hope he’s got over the shock of all the explosions!
International women in STEM day
On the 7th march Blacon High School students visited the University of Chester Life Science Faculty for the International Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Day. The day consisted of a variety of talks from women who work in STEM subjects; two workshops and a keynote speech from Dr Lucy Rogers. The purpose of the day was to encourage young women to study STEM courses at A Level and University level; and to consider these areas as accessible career choices. A key aim was to dispel the traditional stereotype of STEM being a male dominated field.
The speakers came from a variety of backgrounds; including Engineers, Chemists and Physicists, who shared some really interesting stories about how and what they had to do to get where they are now. The students (Bethany Sherwin, Lisabeth Hughes, Georgia Owen, Chelsea Hallal and Heather Lloyd) all spoke highly of the event and the speakers. Hopefully, it will encourage more women to see STEM as a viable career choice for them.