STEM Game Changers

Edinburgh College has been shortlisted for an award for its work in inspiring young people to become the next generation of innovators, pioneers and tech entrepreneurs.

The college is one of five finalists shortlisted in the Innovating in STEM education/training category at The Herald Global Game Changers Awards for the second year running.

The awards recognise and reward innovation and sustainability at an international level, across all business sectors.

The nomination is for the work undertaken in 2017/18 to engage and inspire school pupils in STEM, including launching our STEM Manifesto and extending our STEM P7 programme to incorporate Built Environment and Construction.

Demand for STEM skills is increasing across a number of industry sectors. Through its innovative STEM programme the college is engaging young people with STEM and helping them develop the awareness, skills and knowledge to consider a career in a STEM. To ensure STEM is embedded into young people’s learning as early as possible, the college continued its engagement programme with local primary school pupils in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian throughout 2017/18.

Throughout 2017/18 more than 2,400 pupils from 50 schools attended the experience days. They took part in practical sessions including engineering and science challenges to help them understand and apply the principles of STEM.

This was the first phase of a transition programme and in 2018/19, it will bring the same pupils back to the college in S1 to develop their skills and engagement with STEM further.

The project is now being expanded into the college’s Built Environment faculty, following a successful pilot in May 2018. From September, pupils will learn from college lecturers, taking a journey through the stages of construction. From initial design to the erection of buildings, learning about the roles of architects, surveyors, construction managers and civil engineers.  Further projects in development include a CSI Forensic exploration for S2 pupils and the Science of Cookery for S1 pupils.

Edinburgh College developing young workforce lead Deborah Robertson said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted as finalists in the Innovating in STEM education/training category. Our STEM schools programme supports the college’s aim to deliver an innovative cross-curricular provision that reflects validated demand in areas of economic growth and prepares our students for successful and rewarding careers.

“With the launch of our STEM manifesto we are committed to ensuring Edinburgh College plays a leading role in supporting the development of STEM capability for the region.”

The award ceremony is taking place on Wednesday 12 September 2018 at The Glasgow Science Centre.