Blackpool college uses animal organs to up STEM intake

Blackpool college uses animal organs to up STEM intake

A college looking to recruit more pupils to take STEM subjects held a gruesome day of live surgery for a group of local schools.

Blackpool and the Fylde College hosted the event to give prospective pupils hands-on experience of specialist careers, hosting a live surgery experience where they performed operations on animal organs.

It wasn’t all blood and guts however, with other activities on offer including designing and building a rocket car and curriculum staff from engineering, computing and science areas giving skills presentations.

According to the Higher Education Funding Council, the college is the largest provider of higher education STEM courses in England, training people for careers in a range of specialised fields including aerospace, automotive, maritime engineering, energy, and health.

Jane Mahon, partnerships and careers manager at the college, said: “STEM subjects are really important but are sometimes overlooked by pupils so it’s good to show them the exciting career options available to those who study technical and professional subjects.

“These are the skills learned by innovators like Neil Armstrong or Steve Wozniak, who went on to change the face of the world as we know it.”

 

Featured picture: Pupils get stuck into some animal organs