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West Lothian pupils consider future in science

A special event aimed to encourage West Lothian school pupils to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

15 November
Inveralmond pupils at STEM Careers Fair in National Museum, Edinburgh.

S2 pupils and S6 STEM ambassadors from Inveralmond Community High School in Livingston attended a Careers Hive at the National Museum in Edinburgh recently.

The immersive careers education event was organised by Edinburgh Science, and is designed to give students between the ages of 11-14 a new way to think about their futures. It highlights the opportunities available to those who study STEM subjects, as well as the cross-disciplinary skills and subjects that can support and enhance careers.

Inveralmond's acting Headteacher Hamish Shankland said: "The Careers Hive was a fantastic event that helped get our young people engage with STEM subjects in a fun and interactive way.

"Science, technology, engineering and maths can open many doors to a number of interesting and rewarding careers, so I hope some of our pupils have been inspired for their career path for the future." 

The day kicked off with inspiring talks from STEM professionals who shared their pathways to their current career choices, shedding light on the diverse opportunities that await students after they leave school. 

Pupils then delved into hands-on workshops designed to highlight the skills Science, technology, engineering and maths subjects provide and illuminate potential career paths they may not have linked with STEM. 
The highlight of the event included the interactive stalls, where students had the chance to directly engage with STEM professionals, trying out cutting-edge technology and solving puzzles. This immersive experience encouraged them to ask questions and be curious about possibilities within the STEM fields.