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Academy of St Francis of Assisi: Ready, STEM, go!

ASFA pupils explored future careers during a day of activities at Liverpool John Moore's University

Posted by Lucinda Reid | June 05, 2017 | School life

Students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Kensington embraced their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in a full day of activities at Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU).

A mixed group of students from years eight to 10 attended the Liverpool STEM challenge day to take part in a mixture of science, maths and technology based activities.

Working in small groups, students tackled challenges that presented situations that may be faced in a future STEM-based career.

Careers in robotics, medicine and criminal investigation were explored with teams being asked to programme robots, diagnose medical conditions and create a criminal e-fit using the latest police technology. In the final challenge of the day, students were given the task of creating a race car using a variety of parts, elastic bands and a battery pack.

The day gave students a practical insight into the world of STEM allowing them to see how STEM subjects are used in real life settings. Students were also given an exciting look inside LJMU, with many coming away excited about attending university in the future.

Tracey Greenough, Head of School, said: “The academy is dedicated to setting its students up for life after school and events like the STEM Challenge help to promote the many career options available. The students were a real asset to the academy and I hope that they took away some great skills that can be used both in the classroom and later in life.”

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