Careers Hive inspires thousands of students
Posted: 08 March 2019
From 25 February–1 March 2019, Edinburgh Science Learning’s Careers Hive welcomed thousands of high school students through the doors at National Museum of Scotland.
A careers fair with a difference, Careers Hive inspires and educates S1 to S3 students about their subject choices when it comes to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The three-hour experience features 17 different STEM activities in the Grand Gallery, designed to showcase real-world jobs and the chance to chat to industry volunteers in the Think Tank; a discussion in the auditorium with STEM professionals from all backgrounds with questions to challenge different ways of thinking; and a workshop in the learning space to focus and develop individual skills and strengths.
In 2019, Careers Hive saw 2,879 pupils from 37 schools all across Scotland.
Pupils also had the chance to chat with Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.
“We want everyone to be encouraged and supported to develop their STEM skills throughout their lives to improve opportunities for all, meet employer skills needs, drive inclusive economic growth and allow Scotland to flourish and compete globally,” said Richard Lochhead.
“Promoting the opportunities a STEM career can offer for young people is one of the key aims of our STEM Strategy for Education and Training. We know it is important to raise STEM awareness as early as possible in school, and events like Career Hive, which is targeted at pupils in S1 to S3, help young people think differently about their STEM futures in an interactive and creative way.”
Joan Davidson, Head of Learning at Edinburgh Science, added: “Scotland’s growing science and technology economy is crying out for the next generation of STEM talent. It’s critical we engage with students throughout their whole schooling life and allow them to discover the expanding number of fields and career pathways open to them.
“With thanks to all our supporters and venue and programming partner National Museums Scotland, Careers Hivecreates an immersive and unintimidating environment where S1-S3 students engage with professionals about their every-day jobs and ask any type of question on their minds.”