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South Dartmoor
Community College

STEM trip to Plymouth University

Our Year 9 students showed commitment and enthusiasm during our recent trip to Plymouth University. The university was celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in a showcase event.  

All the students threw themselves into the interactive exhibits which filled the Faculty of Science and Engineering marquee. There were a range of stands hosted by academics, ambassadors and external exhibitors. Students explored their interests in areas such as: retro games, understanding the power of our oceans, and marine biology. The exhibits ranged from Google Earth virtual reality to amazing invertebrates, arcade game technology to icebergs melting.  


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Information was shared on what it is like to study at university, the courses available, the financial aspects and the wider student life opportunities on offer. More than 90% of the students expressed a possible interest in studying in these areas. One student said: “I thought the technology area was fascinating. I liked all the robotics and games, I thought the possibility of doing that when I’m older was awesome.” 

Our students were a credit to the school, asking astute questions and engaging with a number of challenges. It was great to see our school values being displayed on a wider stage and very notable that they were willing to take a risk, move out of their comfort zone in unfamiliar situations.  

A big thank from Mrs. Rashidi and Mr. Richards to all the students who attended.