STEM Education events 2019/20

MAK STEM Fest 2020 - Working with schools and employers 

During 2019 and early 2020 ALIenergy worked with secondary schools in our target area and other stakeholders to develop an idea for a mini-conference style event for S2 pupils: The Mid Argyll and Kintyre Science Technlogy Engineering and Maths Festival 2020, or MAK STEM Fest for short! 

This varied day of interactive fun and engagement was conceived as a way to bring together local, regional and national employers and career guidance specialists to showcase the demands of the future workforce and highlight to the young attendees the different roles that are likely to be in such high demand when they leave school. The event planning benefitted from close collaboartion with Developing the Young Workforce whose support ALIenergy was grateful to secure through its role within both Argyll and Bute Council and Argyll College UHI.

Some of the highlights included in the packed day were the chance for the S2s to:

  • listen to and participate in a special introductory talk: Go on; Surprise yourself with STEM! from our keynote speaker, Dr Dorothy Aidulis from STEM Scotland;
  • choose from one of four exciting and diverse workshops on topics like robotics, travel options for the future, conservation and energy issues, all with a focus on STEM;
  • engage with a wide range of employers about their needs for employees with qualifications in STEM and find out how a keen interest can play a part in what they do; and
  • meet, make connections and have fun with a larger group of S2s from the wider community of Mid Argyll and Kintyre,

Sadly, due to the impact on everyone's lives following the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus and the subsequent restrictions in terms of social distancing, ALIenergy and its funders ScottishPower Renewables had to take the decision to postpone MAK STEM Fest from its planned date of 12th March 2020. Despite the challenges of the weeks and months ahead Katie and Michael are hopeful and positive about delivering the event as soon as circumstances allow, potentially during the second half of the Autumn term 2020.

In the meantime, we remain grateful to Lochgilphead High School who had kindly agreed to be our hosts for the event, and to the fantastic variety of STEM companies and organisations which kindly agreed to offer their support and time for the event, and include those appearing on this page. We were delighted to receive such supportive responses from so many of these to these unforeseen and rapidly changing times, and we look forward to picking up arrangements with everyone as soon as we can.

Overviews and outcomes from previous years

Use the link below to find out about the project in previous years.

STEM Activites for Young People in Argyll 2019/20

STEM Activities for Young People in Argyll 2018/19

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