STEM in Tottenham
Following their summer trip to Geneva, Haringey Sixth Form College students have completed a round of presentations in the local primary schools of Haringey.
During these they explained:
• Their current chosen course and their career aspiration
• What is was like to travel abroad
• Where is Geneva and their visit of the city or places such as the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
• What is the CERN
• What is Particle physics
Our students will use this experience to write about being a public speaker for their UCAS application to university. Thanks to their engaging presentation, they have been able to capture the children’s imagination with regards to the future and science.
Haringey Sixth Form College would like to thank all the primary schools who expressed interest in the project. These are Ferry lane Primary, Tiverton Primary, Devonshire Hill Primary, Lea Valley Primary, Welbourne Primary, Seven Sisters Primary, St Ann’s Primary, Harris Academy Philip lane, Lancasterian Primary and St Francis de Sales Primary.
Russ Lawrance, Principal said "Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth, it is important that our students have the opportunity to be competitive in fields of science, technology, medicine, and all of the other STEM fields. The college is trying to help make sure that all students are well versed in these subjects. By supporting our local primary schools, I know we are helping to build a solid STEM foundation. We all know that all students are extremely curious and impressionable, so instilling an interest at an early age could spark a lasting desire to pursue a career in any of these fields. I am delighted with the contribution that the staff and students at Haringey Sixth Form College are making in this area and the impact this has had in our local learning network of primary schools."
Here are some of the testimonies of the people involved:
Rachel., Assistant Headteacher
‘The 6th Form presentation went really well and prompted some excellent questioning from our year 5 and 6 pupils. (…)I think it really inspired them and gave them an idea of things to come if they work really hard.
The presenters were excellent role models and a credit to Haringey Sixth Form. They came across really enthusiastic about their subject and answered the questions in a mature way which was sensitive to their audience.
The visuals were useful in explaining some of the complicated processes too.’
Fay B., Class Teacher
‘I thought it was fantastic and very inspirational. I thought the students delivered the presentation very well. I was particularly pleased that a year 6 female pupil asked a question specifically to a female student, which then prompted a brief discussion of women in STEM jobs.’
Lisa R., Class teacher
‘Thank you so much for your visit today- our children got a lot out of it and it would be great if we could arrange for them to come in again in the future. The students delivered the presentation very well so please let them know we are very grateful.’
Maria D., Deputy Head
‘Sorry I didn't get to see your talk but I heard it was great. Thank you so much.’
Madeleine S., Teacher
‘Thank you very much for coming. (…)As I mentioned, we would love to host a workshop where your students run an experiment or lesson with some children if they wanted to. ‘