Primary School Children Experience STEM


Pupils from Rowland’s Gill Primary School have been exploring all things STEM during a recent visit to Gateshead College.

Over 80 students were given the opportunity to spend the day at the college’s Skills Academy for Automotive and Engineering undertaking a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities.

College staff from the computing, maths, automotive and engineering departments ran a series of workshops and the children had the opportunity to spray paint a car, programme a robot, try out virtual reality technology and put their numerical skills to the test during a fun maths session.

Head Teacher Beverley McCallion said: “At school, we aim to make all of our learning as creative and meaningful as we can and our visit to the college far exceeded our expectations. It was fabulous to see the enthusiasm and pride in all of the children.

“They have learnt something from every session and thoroughly enjoyed them all; although I’d say the spray painting seems to be very high up on the list of favourite experiences. I hope we can build on this link with the college and give more of our children the opportunity to experience their learning in such great, real-life situations.”

Katy Malia, automotive teacher and STEM ambassador at the college, organised the event and said: “It was fantastic to welcome the children to the college and showcase what STEM subjects have to offer. They all seemed to have a fantastic time and were very enthusiastic and engaged fully in all of the activities.

“Events like this play a key part in enabling children to develop an interest in these subject areas. This event certainly seems to have inspired many of them and hopefully they’ll think about pursuing a career in the sector.”