A week of science, engineering - and blowing things up

STEM events at West Suffolk College free science week for students over half term.'Elspeth Snaith Stour Valley, Ciaran Williams WSC, Neace Parish WSC, Henry Stedman KEGS and Katherine Linnett WSC'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151026-164348009
STEM events at West Suffolk College free science week for students over half term.'Elspeth Snaith Stour Valley, Ciaran Williams WSC, Neace Parish WSC, Henry Stedman KEGS and Katherine Linnett WSC'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151026-164348009
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Teenagers have been taking part in a week of exciting science and technology experiments at West Suffolk College this half term.

The free week of activities is part of a Suffolk-wide scheme to get more students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Among the raft of activities on offer was computer game programming, model car racing, GPS treasure hunting, building a sound speaker system, theatre sound and lighting, digital media - and blowing things up in the lab.

Half term STEM week at West Suffolk College. Photo by Danny Hewitt

Half term STEM week at West Suffolk College. Photo by Danny Hewitt

Students also got the chance to look at the stars and ponder the mysteries of the universe in the college’s inflatable planetarium. The students, aged between 14 and 19, also have a chance of gaining a British Science Association Crest (Silver Ward) on completing the STEM school.

Andrew Wheeler, Lecturer in Business management, said: “This week is perfect for ambitious young people who want to have the edge when it comes to applying for university places.

“The activities son offer are fun and exciting but will also give young people a clear idea of the different careers on offer to STEM students.”
The project has been supported by HM Government’s Employer Ownership Funding and run by the college, UCS Ipswich, Connect Education and Business and Suffolk County Council.

STEM events at West Suffolk College free science week for students over half term.'Zara Rackham KEGS'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151026-164257009

STEM events at West Suffolk College free science week for students over half term.'Zara Rackham KEGS'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151026-164257009

STEM events at West Suffolk College free science week for students over half term.'Students in the planetarium gaze at the stars.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151026-164307009

STEM events at West Suffolk College free science week for students over half term.'Students in the planetarium gaze at the stars.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151026-164307009