Reasons for studying STEM subjects reverberate around MCMA

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30/04/2015 by sleach860

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Reasons for studying STEM subjects were highlighted this week with an interesting and informative presentation by Elinor Wood to Mr Day’s year 9 science group.  Elinor who is a third year student at Salford University, studying acoustic engineering, started off by debunking many of the myths around STEM subjects.

Many young people have stereotypical views of who can study STEM subjects and Elinor challenged those views head on, expanding on the types of careers available in the STEM sector.  She also flagged up the importance of STEM subjects to the UK economy.

The focus then shifted to engineering and the importance of engineering in our everyday lives was stressed.  Following this the students were shown Elinor’s experimental science film which investigated acoustics, using Salford University’s anechoic chamber.  The film illustrated the fact that different materials have different acoustic properties, related to their surfaces and consequently carry sound differently.

The Year 9 pupils enjoyed the film hugely and many questions were asked at the end.

You can view Elinor’s  video here:
https://youtube.com/watch?v=oXNv0g3NmfY
And this is the link to the interactive anechoic chamber photo:
https://plus.google.com/app/basic/photos/101078225394764920540/album/6142767206151714849/6142767205570643106?pid=6142767205570643106&oid=101078225394764920540
The photo needs to be viewed on a computer as it is not interactive when viewed on mobiles or tablets.

 

 

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