Interest in STEM at CAVC takes off with a Big Bang

3 November 2014

Interest in STEM at Cardiff and Vale College takes off with a Big Bang

Budding scientists and engineers at Cardiff and Vale College who had previously never realised that they were budding scientists and engineers have been inspired at a special event that blended science with magic and exploration.

Amazing tales about the astounding science behind some of the world’s toughest expeditions, a menu of bugs and creepy crawlies, false hypotheses and illusions motivated students to consider a career in science.

As part of its B#Epic enrichment programme for students, the College recently hosted ‘The Big Bang Theory’.  This series of presentations and experiments is designed to encourage interest in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – among young people.

Both students and staff came away from the event with a new outlook on STEM, with many students saying that they now wanted to study Physics.

The Big Bang Theory is hosted by Huw James and Neil Monteiro. Astronomer and adventurer Huw uses a combination of entertaining spectacles and serious discussion of science and Neil fuses magic and science to create illusions that play with the audience’s perspective. The show aims to inspire and engage all learners and inspire them to take look at STEM subjects in a new light.

The event was an explosive success. “I’ve learned that if you think scientifically you can’t be fooled,” ESOL student Farahnaz Roshdi said. “The show was great, really informative and it made me think differently about science.”

“I’ve learned how important STEM is to society and it has inspired me to think about how we can be sustainable as human beings,” Corey Murray, an A Level student, added. “It’s amazing to think how easily our brains can be fooled.”

Huw James said: “It’s refreshing to see colleges like Cardiff and Vale College running events like this to show their students that a career in STEM can be a varied an interesting path that opens up a world of opportunities.”

CAVC is strongly committed to encouraging its students to consider STEM subjects. Studying STEM helps learners develop their creativity, problem-solving skills and decision making – all factors that improve a student’s employability when they progress from the College.

“This event was a real success and instilled interest in STEM among both students and staff,” CAVC Head of Entrepreneurship, Employability and Enrichment Tania Davies said. One tutor left the session saying her students now want to study physics and all the learners who attended were enthused, embracing science, its significance and its opportunity for employment.”

CAVC aims to hold another similar event with slightly different themes for more students in the New Year. Watch this space for details.