Celebration of STEM at Priestley

STUDENTS enjoyed a week of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at Priestley College.

Former students, university lecturers and industry experts brought their expertise into the classroom to help inspire and inform young people about STEM careers.

“It was a celebration of STEM, but also incredibly informative for the students,” said Tutor Shahida Khanam, who organised the week of activities.

“We can’t thank our speakers enough for the time they gave as I am sure they will have each inspired someone to pursue a career in industry.”

Among the speakers was former Priestley student Callum Bate who is now a sound engineer. He spoke to Music Technology students about ‘Digital Audio Systems and Wireless IEMs’.

Scientists heard from Solvay’s Kathryn Andrews in a talk called ‘101 uses of hydrogen peroxide – a chemist’s view’ while Grace Rigby spoke about working in the environmental sector.

Professor Robert Dryfe from Manchester University unlocked the secrets of ‘Graphene and its application’ and there were also lectures for those interested in sport and psychology.

Pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler joined Priestley students for Dr Helena Lee’s informative talk called ‘The role of the Clinical Scientist in the NHS’.

Anna Mawby, assistant headteacher at Sir Thomas Boteler, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to be part of a lecture that has motivated them to pursue their dreams in this field.”

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