A group of Year 11 scientists enjoyed an informative, inspiring – and fun – trip last week to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for its annual Careers in STEM event.
In the grounds of the grand and imposing Sandhurst buildings, dozens of marquees were home for two days for representatives from more than 50 of the country’s leading employers for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The army itself is a big recruiter of engineers and technologists, but there were many household names present, including Babcocks, BAE Systems, Dell, GSK, Microsoft, BT and Network Rail. It was perhaps surprising to see so many financial services organisations represented, from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to PwC and EY, and it highlighted to us all how critical technology and engineering are to the advancement of that sector.
Many of the companies had put together fun experiments for students to try. Some of them looked light-hearted – racing balloon cars and firing mini-marshmallows out of toilet roll holders – but they were based on sound and interesting scientific principles. The day was deemed a success by our students, giving them lots to think about, and we will return next year.
Mrs Bodil Chambers, Head of Higher Education and Careers