Creating the spark in tomorrow’s scientists

How do you capture the imagination of school children in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths?

It’s a tough job and one which, here at QinetiQ, we like to help with through a variety of activities, such as our STEM outreach programme and Schools Day.

Schools Day 2012Schools day is a fantastic opportunity to enter QinetiQ’s Farnborough site. Steeped in British technological history (link), our site has restricted security access and boasts some unique facilities and capabilities. Once a year, we invite a selection of 11-16 year olds along to visit and experience QinetiQ for themselves.

This year, schools day has grown. The children will have a rare opportunity to have hands-on experience on military simulators such as flying a Chinook or Harrier, see the Ion Thrusters featured on BBC Sky at Night, and participate in security monitoring with Optasense.

It’s always a great day, not just for inspiring a new generation to take up the mantle of science and technology, but also to witness the passing of knowledge from top experts in their field to the experts of the future, and watching the motivational employee experience in the process.

Roll on April 19, schools day.

3 thoughts on “Creating the spark in tomorrow’s scientists

  1. Such a great opportunity for kids to see science in action…..Hopefully we will stimulate the next generation to continue with the great British legacy of growing famous scientists!

  2. It’s great to see young adults being excited about STEM and possible future careers, just what the future workforce needs. They love those simulators!

  3. It almost makes me want to come back to QQ. Excellent effort to get the next generation to take up Engineering.