Shiregreen students build up STEM skills for future careers

It’s never too early to start preparing for future careers, as shown by primary school children from Shiregreen in a dedicated science programme.

Youngsters from Hatfield Academy have been taking part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning events funded by Sanctuary Housing.

Led by the work-wise Foundation, they are designed to boost future employability and give an opportunity to share projects with family and friends.

The Year Two children and their parents, grandparents and carers got involved in interactive activities demonstrating how elements of STEM impact everyday life, including building cable cars and creating their own designs.

As well as showcasing the breadth of STEM learning, the sessions encouraged interaction and dialogue between different generations as families worked on tasks together.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “These intergenerational learning sessions were a great way for the students at Hatfield Academy to round off the term. I look forward to further STEM sessions taking place at the school in September.

“Families learned some new skills together and the youngsters made an excellent start to building up STEM skills for future employment.”

John Barber, CEO and co-founder of the work-wise Foundation, added: “STEM really is all around us in our world and the aim of these sessions was to show how important STEM skills are for any eventual career.

“I hope that the interactive activities showed how interesting STEM can be and I would encourage families to continue the learning at home.”

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.