A have-a-go event held at Walsall College gave two local schools and college learners a hands-on understanding of the study and career crossovers within science, technology, engineering, the arts, and maths (STEAM).
Organisations, college staff and students from each sector presented exhibits, hosted practical activities and shared information around new and emerging careers within STEAM as well as some of their associated study and training opportunities.
These included a MARS project developed by the automotive, computing and science faculty teams. An VR activity saw aspiring mechanics use a wrench to work on a vehicle, carpenters create wood chips for kindling and scientists get involved in fingerprint analysis and thermal imaging.
There was also simulated driving, photography and video editing, print making, a green screen activity and more.
Andy Clark, Careers Officer at the college said: “Many STEAM-related jobs and careers that continue to go under the radar and as a result, so do the study opportunities associated with them, particularly those at a higher level.
“We were thrilled to bring everyone together to tackle this challenge head on. The event also highlighted industry areas where groups are underrepresented, such as females in engineering.”
Employers at the STEAM Event included South Staffs Water, RAC, Carnell Group, Auto Tech Academy, Wolseley, Tilbury Douglas, and Interclass.
Andy added: “Our exhibitor stands, industry and employer-led talks showcased digital and technological innovation and shared key insights about job roles, college courses and apprenticeships.
“The energy and enthusiasm of our teaching staff and their student ambassadors, as well as the university and employer representatives involved has definitely impacted on our students’ understanding of future careers and pathways.”