West Suffolk College offers pupils view of STEM topics

The STEM science week at West Suffolk College in Bury. Students have a go at exploding sugar.

The STEM science week at West Suffolk College in Bury. Students have a go at exploding sugar. - Credit: Archant

Exploding sugar and a planetarium are just some of the science activities for students at West Suffolk College this week.

The STEM science week at West Suffolk College in Bury. Students inside the planetarium.

The STEM science week at West Suffolk College in Bury. Students inside the planetarium. - Credit: Archant

The programme is part of a Suffolk-wide scheme designed to motivate and inspire interest in STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] subjects.

The week, for students aged 14-19, began with activities including exploding sugar in a session about chemical reactions, unusual food combinations and the potential for ‘disaster’ when certain substances are combined. The world of mechanics and the workings behind sound and lighting in theatre are also among the areas that are being explored this week.

Andrew Wheeler, lecturer in business management, said: “This week is perfect for ambitious young people who want to have the edge when it comes to applying for university places. The activities on offer are fun and exciting but will also give young people a clear idea of the different careers available to STEM students.”


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