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New sessions will challenge students in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 09:27 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:27 23 October 2015

Activities will be held at the UCS Lowestoft College building

Activities will be held at the UCS Lowestoft College building

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Teenage students will be given the opportunity to explore more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in Lowestoft during half-term.

STEM Schools are being held in the town throughout the week as part of a wider STEM Accelerator Project, managed by Suffolk County Council with University Campus Suffolk, and Connect Education and Business.

Among the activities planned include computer game development and virtual reality experience, developing DNA necklaces, robots and a stereo for your phone, discovering more about sport science in a state-of-the-art research lab and making and firing rockets.

The aim of the sessions is to challenge students to look beyond the obvious.

Participation in a STEM School is free to all Suffolk students aged 14 to 18.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, Lisa Chambers, said: “We hope that all students and parents will see these STEM schools as a great opportunity to learn about key subject areas that are proving to be more and more important in building the workforce of the future.

“Technology development moves at such high speed. Those students who attend these holiday schools will really get a positive insight into the power of maths, technology and science based skills.

“I feel it is important to emphasise that this is not something developed solely for those students who may be considered high flying A* achievers. “These STEM schools are open to all students, of all levels of learning who want to have fun during the holiday period and experience new activities and develop core skills as they learn about technology and how things work.”

To book your place and learn more about the STEM schools, including related videos; visit www.ucs.ac.uk/STEMsuffolk The website also provides full details of next week’s programme of activities.

Alternatively contact Lauren Headland at stemschools@ucs.ac.uk or Claire Hopkins at stemaccelerator@ucs.ac.uk

■ Are you organising an event for young people? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525820 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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