On Wednesday 26th November 15 of our Year 9 girls had the privilege of visiting the local SONY plant. The purpose of the visit was to show the girls the opportunities that exist for them in the Technology and Engineering sectors.
The girls had a great time and got to experiment with lots of amazing new technology. They were able to have their photographs taken with celebrities and present the weather thanks to green screen technology. They also got to see how SONY were involved with goal line technology in the football world cup and watch the latest Raspberry Pi’s being made.
This trip was a really eye opening experience for the girls. They met several female engineers who all spoke of their positive experience of working in Technology and Engineering.
This trip coincides with a recent announcement from Nicky Morgan (Education Secretary for England).
Speaking at the launch of the “Your Life” campaign she said,
“Too many young people are making subject choices at the age of 15 that are holding them back for the rest of their lives”.
She went on to explain,
“A decade ago students took maths and sciences if they knew they wanted to be a doctor, a pharmacist or an engineer. But if you wanted to do something different, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do, and let’s be honest it takes a pretty confident 16-year-old to have their whole life mapped out ahead of them, then the arts and humanities were what you chose. Because they were useful for all kinds of jobs. Of course now we know that couldn’t be further from the truth, that the subjects that keep young people’s options open and unlock doors to all sorts of careers are the Stem subjects.”
STEM subjects are Science, Design & Technology, Engineering and Maths.
We have a careers board in the Design & Technology department that has lots of current vacancies for technical jobs both locally and nationally. I urge all students to have a good look at this board. Many students so far have been surprised by the range of jobs that studying D&T can lead to and the impressive salaries attached.
If you have any questions about any of our subjects on offer please pop in and see Mr. Draper or have a look at our web site.