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Inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals

Published Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 02:38:44 PM

During their week’s work experience, ACS Egham students, aged 14, got a taste of the many science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based industries in the Surrey area. As part of the scheme, Elise Hodges worked with HAL Engineering, which ensures that all of Heathrow Airport’s five terminals are in top working condition. Elise spent time with technicians working in the production workshop and with the water services team undertaking water testing and sampling. Students James Earle and Scarlet Smith-Edmonds joined the Barclays team learning about budget planning, accounts and finance, whilst Cassidy Avenick and Nienke van Helden spent time at veterinary surgeries assisting with animal care and feeding. Emma Lang also shadowed nurses at a large dental clinic and observed consultations with patients. Kristi Sedlacek, ACS Egham IB Career-Related Program Coordinator and Work Experience Coordinator, commented: “Work Experience Week is an important opportunity for our 14-year-olds to experience the world of work and hone important life skills such as team work, organisation and communication in a practical setting away from the classroom. “These placements are also an excellent way for students to get a flavour of the many different careers opportunities available to them.” The work experience was arranged by ACS Egham in partnership with non-profit organisation, Learning to Work.
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