Lesson in life as an engineer

August 04 2014

PARENTS and children were given the chance at an event at Fairfield High School to learn how science, technology and maths can lead to fulfilling careers.

PARENTS and children were given the chance at an event at Fairfield High School to learn how science, technology and maths can lead to fulfilling careers.
The Big Bang open evening at the school in Horfield included hands-on activities such as a tower challenge involving marshmallows and spaghetti, a parachute challenge, playing with robots, and discovering clever functions on the school's sewing machines.
Visitors were also able to talk to representatives of local industries including Airbus and experts from Tomorrow's Engineers and Learn by Design about the possibilities of work in engineering.
The event, which was open to families from neighbouring primary schools, took place on Women in Engineering day and during Design & Technology Week and highlighted the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
Engineering is one of the most popular GCSE options at Fairfield, which was STEM school of the year in 2012. Recent STEM activities at the school have included visits to GKN Aerospace, a Women in Engineering event at UWE Bristol and a robot workshop.
The school has also been involved with Watershed-based danceroom Spectroscopy in the creation of new science teaching videos that help students visualise the behaviour of atoms.