West Lothian College, alongside SmartSTEMS and Sky Academy Studios, played host to s1 girls from three high schools across West Lothian for a recent STEM workshop event.

The 96 pupils from St Margaret’ Academy, Inveralmond Community High School and Deans Community High School visited the college to take part in various workshops geared towards getting more girls interested in STEM careers.

The event was organised by SmartSTEMS in partnership with Sky and hosted by West Lothian College who ran various workshops with visitors from Transerv, Police Scotland, Sky, SDS as well as the college’s own lecturers. There were also sessions run by Sky Academy Studios who took the pupils through the process of creating a news bulletin. EDF Energy provided sponsorship for the event.

Pupils from the schools got stuck-in to all of the workshops from writing their news reports with Sky Academy Studios to designing and testing paper planes with Transerv. Teachers were delighted with how engaging and creative the various works were.

Robert Gunn, EDF Station Director at Torness, said: “EDF Energy hopes that by capturing their imaginations at events like this one more children will be inspired to study STEM subjects at school.

“Jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations but its projected that there won’t be enough graduates and apprentices to fill the roles.”

Senior Project manager at Sky, Sharon Forder added: “Our Change Delivery, Technology, Home Service Engineers and Sky Academy Studios teams are passionate about sharing their experiences and raising awareness of the variety of careers available at Sky.”