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College launches STEM Week to enrich student’s studies

3rd May 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is running a week-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event to highlight the importance of these subjects to students to help them to progress in their careers.

College launches STEM Week to enrich student’s studies
Dr Lewis Dartnell & TITAN the Robot pictured with Lynsey Shearsmith, Student Engagement Coordinator at NULC.

From Tuesday 3 May to Friday 6 May, there will be a range of fun and engaging activities throughout the week to encourage students to develop their existing skills and knowledge in STEM related subjects. An understanding of these subjects is crucial for many career paths, additional further education qualifications or when progressing on to university.

The week will be launched by award winning science author and research scientist, Dr Lewis Dartnell, who will be talking about his bestseller ‘The Knowledge’ alongside a special talk on ‘Science in the Movies’. Other workshops throughout the week will include ‘Bring Physics to the Masses’, delivered by Scott Walker, Physics Professor at Keele University, and ‘Fun of Space: How cool Science is and jobs in the UK Space Industry’, delivered by Sophie Allan from the National Space Centre.

Lynsey Shearsmith, Student Engagement Coordinator at NULC, said: “At NULC, we want to provide our students with an inclusive learning programme, and that includes helping them to expand their knowledge on other subjects outside of their chosen studies, with the aim of aiding them to be work or university ready after completing their course with us.”

The College will also be receiving a visit from Titan, the Robot. Standing at nearly 8 feet tall, Titan will be welcoming students to the College in the morning of Tuesday 3 May before moving to the College’s Food Hall to entertain staff and students during their lunch break.

Lynsey continued: “We’re also really excited to welcome Titan to the College. The robot is very impressive and we hope that Titan will help bring STEM Week to life for our students.”

Following a government initiative, all students leaving school without an A* - C GCSE grade in maths and English must retake the qualification(s) as part of their further education study programme. Since implemented, the College has seen an increase in students studying maths and English at GCSE to approximately 650, plus an increased number of students choosing to study STEM related subjects at a higher level. From September 2015, 192 students chose to study A Level maths, 176 chose A Level Science and 300 chose to study one of our Engineering programmes.

During the week, the College will welcome local schools and representatives from Staffordshire University to take part in the ‘Maths Mayhem’ competition; where teams will compete in maths challenges.

For the full list of STEM Week events and activities click here.

For more information contact Joe Hambleton, Marketing & PR Officer in 01782 254265 or email joe.hambleton@nulc.ac.uk

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