West Lothian College hosts Step into STEM event

West Lothian College partnered up with Developing Young Workforce (DYW) and SmartSTEMs again recently for another fantastic step into STEM event.

The event involved over 170 pupils and 30 teachers from around West Lothian taking part in various workshops that helped them learn about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Pupils had the opportunity to try out making some ice cream and lemonade in the Terrace Restaurant kitchens with college chef lecturers. There was also the chance to build Lego robots, take part in some digital photography and automotive diagnostics.

The students from West Calder High School, Inveralmond Community High School, Cedarbank School, Whitburn Academy, Linlithgow Academy, James Young High School, St Margaret’s Academy, St Kentigern’s Academy and Armadale Academy were able to chat with employers in the industry to get a better understanding of the various careers available through STEM.

The college has hosted several STEM events over the past 12 months including the First Lego Robot League and the STEM Olympics.

Lauren Brown, Project Manager at DYW, said: “This is the third year that we have run our Step into STEM Event in partnership with West Lothian College. We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to our local schools each year, which provides such an amazing platform for teachers and pupils to engage with STEM employers.”

Stuart Macdonald, of SmartSTEMs added: “We are delighted to pull together many wonderful industry partners and scores of generous volunteers to deliver this great event for these boys and girl.”

Colin Miller, Head of Service at West Lothian College, said: “It was a fantastic day, we have to thank all of the employers who came to speak with students and the students and teachers themselves for making it so worthwhile.”