On Thursday 11th July 2019 some of the Skills4Stem team were at TeenTech #teentechMK promoting careers in #STEM showing how #virtualreality is shaping the world of #STEMCareers….
Skills4Stem provided year 8 & 9 students with the opportunity to use Virtual Reality to navigate a Raspberry Pi virtual computer at the Milton Keynes TeenTech event.
It was a great interactive experience and whilst the students had great fun trying to beat each others time, they also learned a lot about Virtual Reality and how it works. Both students and teachers alike found the day informative and fun:
“ I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as our students and they were buzzing about the day and couldn’t wait to tell any member of staff about it when they got off the coach, including our Deputy Headteacher.“
“ The ideas our students were coming up with far exceeded our expectations of them and that is down to all your staff involved yesterday. The companies who attended got the students so engaged and obviously the competitive side of all of us (me included) came out.
“TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. Their lively, focussed age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations.
TeenTech is the brainchild of Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson and was founded in 2008 to help the latest generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary workplace. TeenTech measure impact and know the initiative is particularly powerful in encouraging girls and students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider careers in construction, applied sciences, technology and engineering.
Programmes are carefully planned to engage teachers and parents as they are the main influencers in career decisions.