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Employability and Training Minister pops into Careers Hive

Posted: 28 February 2018

The Minister for Employability and Training MSP Jamie Hepburn yesterday paid a visit to Careers Hive at the National Museum of Scotland to meet pupils from Drummond Community High School and get hands on with science.

With simulated key-hole surgery, unpacking a lawn mower, being spun upside down and more, the Minister and Drummond pupils were enveloped by all aspects of science.

“The Careers Hive is a fun and interactive way to get young people thinking about the wide range of interesting science, technology, engineering and maths jobs out there, which if embraced, can help Scotland become a STEM nation," said Minister Jamie Hepburn. 

“By inspiring young people to take an interest in STEM subjects we help ensure our future workforce is well-equipped and supported to make the most of the fast-paced technological changes around us. Through our STEM strategy we want more schools and colleges to work together to bring such challenges to young people.”

Careers Hive is a six-day long venture from the Edinburgh International Science Festival, showcasing the wide variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers to high school students.

Held at the National Museum of Scotland, Careers Hive started off with a bang on Monday. Pupils flooded the Grand Gallery, experimenting with the array of activities available, and asking thought-provoking questions to the many volunteers and speakers.

On a visit to Careers Hive at the National Museum of Scotland, students are guided by a Science Communicator through the day exploring four exhibition zones: Build and ConnectDesign and PlayHeal and Feed and Energy and Environment. In these zones students investigate the insulating properties of different materials, the process of developing a phone app, how museum artefacts are conserved, life in a biomedical lab thanks to virtual reality simulations, or the techniques employed in wildlife conservation, among others.

If you’re intrigued by this, we have a FREE open day on Saturday for anyone and everyone to come along to and try out what STEM has to offer.