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Thursday 16th January 2020

We are excited to announce that our STEM Insight Week 17th- 21st February is now open for applications from secondary schools in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This week’s programme is aimed at providing Yr10 students with an in-depth experience of the types of careers available in coding and computing by visiting various organisations and companies in the region. Students learn about the science relating to the businesses and the career opportunities available, take part in site tours and try out hands-on activities linked to the business.

The closing date for applications is Monday 03 February 2020 – find out more and apply here.

Read on for a blog written by one of our students who attended last year’s engineering-themed Insight Week…

I was recently given the incredible opportunity to be a part of Science Oxford’s STEM Insight week, in which we visited a huge variety of different companies to learn more about careers within STEM.

At Network Rail, we were shown around Oxford Station and the behind the scenes that go into making it all happen on a day-to-day basis. Abbot Diabetes Care talked to us about their career paths and how they got to where they are today, as well as giving us a tour around their manufacturing facility. We met loads of the staff at the Oxford University Institute of Biomedical Engineering and learnt about what they do and the huge spectrum of different types of jobs that all go into one company.

My favourite part of the week was the day we spent at Aston Martin, where we were given a tour around where they make the cars. We then went to the Aston Martin Training Centre for some fun activities, such as designing and racing car robots! At GKN Automotive, we made our own electronic motors, and at  Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) we got to hear about the careers of some of their engineers from all different parts of the company. We also learnt about the lasers at their Central Laser Facility, were given a tour of ISIS Neutron and had a chance to operate robotic arms! On the last day, we got to see and learn about everything Viridor does at their Recycling Waste Management Site.

Overall, the week was such a great chance to gain valuable experience in the different careers involved in STEM, and I learnt so much about jobs that I hadn’t even known existed before then.

By Phoebe Edwards

(Main photo: Aston Martin, STEM Insight Week 2019)

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