Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education plays a vital role in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and contribute to society. STEM subjects have permeated every aspect of our lives; providing both opportunities and challenges. For young people, STEM opens doors to a rich diversity of opportunities, which can improve the quality of people’s everyday lives and find solutions to global challenges, such as sustainable economic development.
Recent research highlights the shortfall in the number of people, especially girls, choosing to study STEM subjects, as well as the need to double the supply of skilled workers in STEM-related industries in the next seven to ten years. An important aspect is the issue of gender and ethnicity imbalance in the supply.
Hence at Townley we have a diverse and dynamic STEM enrichment program which aims to both enthuse and excite students about the vital role STEM plays in our everyday lives; as well as provide clear insights into the possible career routes open for them.
Each year group at Townley has their own STEM Day; designed and developed to include a variety of experiences from practical workshops to panel discussions with industry professionals. The video below provides a taster of ‘The Magic of STEM’ day held for our Year 7 students.
Ada Lovelace Computer Science Building opening event video