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20 July 2018

Salisbury STEM event goes off with a bang

An event showcasing the wealth of careers available in STEM related subjects proved a huge hit with almost 200 secondary school pupils from schools in and around Salisbury attending.

The Big Bang event on Thursday 12th July saw more than 30 interactive and fascinating activities delivered by Wiltshire College staff and businesses including Network Rail, Bloodhound, Bioquell and Airbus across four zones – Hawking, Newton, Nightingale and Brunel.

The pupils in Years 9 and 10 had the chance to take part in a cyber-security challenge, enter the mock bacteria-ridden lab and exterminate bugs, build a light-saber pen, make slime and an edible face mask, record their own music and make a racing car.

In the salon students had to use hair to decipher a murder, catering demonstrated the science behind candy floss and popcorn and in Life Sciences the fun session quite literally went off with a bang!

Denise Lloyd, Assistant Principal for the Salisbury campus, said: “This event was an opportunity for pupils to try something new and encourage them to explore different career paths that they might not have ever considered.

“It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of what the College itself can offer to pupils after the finish school and it has been fantastic to see and hear the reaction from so many attending today that have said what a wonderful time they have had.

“It’s been hugely successful and I want to thank everyone who has been involved or who came along.”

During the lunch break the fun continued with students being able to take part in glow in the dark badminton, rock climbing, table tennis and get their pics taken as a memoir in a photo booth.

At the end of the day students who had completed all the activities were entered into a draw to win four sets of UE Boom speakers.

To see more photographs from Big Bang visit our Facebook page.