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STEM careers visit to Armagh Planetarium
 

During Science week, on the week that Rosetta landed on a comet and 3 British Physicists won the Nobel Prize, 19 Year 10 students attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) conference at Armagh Planetarium. The aim of the event, on Monday 19th October, was to promote the uptake of STEM careers in further education.
 

The students enjoyed a question and answer session with Scientists, Engineers and examinations officers from local and national companies. The students confidently quizzed the panel on the projects they are currently working on, where in the World the scientists had travelled to work, why they decided to work in STEM industries and where they saw Science developing in the future. For example, the students heard of projects that are currently developing ultra-thin sails that catch pockets of sunlight (photons) to accelerate small spacecraft for an infinite amount of time. The experience helped students, like Laura Harrison (10A1), to see “that a lot of opportunities appear when a student chooses to enter STEM career pathways”.

 


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