To mark International Men’s Day 2016 in November, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium opened its doors to 170 13-14 year old male students for a day of gadgets, gizmos and careers.
The free one-day event, entitled ‘Engineering a Future’, took place on 18 November 2016 and was funded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It aimed to offer students a taste of real life engineering challenges, whilst helping to develop their engineering skills, with the support of STEM professionals.
Led by the Science Centre’s STEM team and 25 volunteer STEM ambassadors with an engineering background, students embarked on a variety of hands-on activities, including engineering challenges such as a live science show, Robotic Bomb Disposal and an engineering careers speed-networking session. The day culminated in a live planetarium show in the state of the art 360° planetarium.
Emily Thorpe-Smith, STEM Resources Manager at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, commented:
“Our Engineering a Future event was the perfect way to celebrate International Men’s Day 2016. It’s very important to us here at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium that the day is recognised, and provides an opportunity for local male students to develop their interests and skills with the support of dedicated STEM ambassadors.
“We were delighted to welcome the students and hope we inspired them to consider a STEM career. We’d also like to thank the STEM Ambassador volunteers for giving up their time to help us to inspire a generation.”
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is STEM Ambassador Hub for Central South England, is home to more than 100 hands-on science exhibits and is the UK’s largest standalone planetarium.
For more information about the centre, visit www.winchestersciencecentre.org.