Last week, twenty Year 11 Hartsdown students were given the amazing opportunity to take part in an intensive STEM camp sponsored by Goldman Sachs. From Monday to Wednesday the students experienced interactive, practical-based workshops in Biology, Chemistry and Physics run by specialist teachers. On Thursday the students took part in an ‘Aspiration Day’ aimed at engaging with Goldman Sachs and other role models from industry to contextualize the science subject matter, while providing confidence and employability skills support.
In addition to this, students now have the opportunity to participate in further mentoring in Science run by Brightside Mentoring. This scheme will enable students to have direct access to the support and mentoring of a STEM Ambassador over a 6-week period in which the mentor and mentee will discuss topics such as revision techniques and inspiring STEM careers.
One student (Tyla) who took part said:
“It was really helpful to have in depth subject specific days – separated into biology, physics and chemistry. You were able to focus fully on one subject area. The chemistry sessions were very engaging and active – the experiments were hands-on and it was really valuable to be able to participate in them. The sessions were detailed and explained complex ideas in a way that made them really easy to understand. The chemistry tutor delivered the workshops with an inspiring energy that made me feel like I could achieve much more than I previously thought I was capable of.”