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Hundreds of Visitors Attend STEM Day at Morrison’s Academy

Morrison’s Academy, Perthshire’s leading independent day school, welcomed around 300 young people and their families to its campus on Saturday 11 May for its second interactive STEM day.

Run in partnership with the charity SmartSTEMs, the free event included interactive workshops, a STEM careers showcase, speakers and a pot of STEM prizes.

SmartSTEMs was created to inspire the next generation about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through cost effective collaboration between industry and education. The Glasgow-based charity works with schools across the country to ensure every child has equal and fair access to STEM education and its many career opportunities.

The workshops were hosted by leading figures from the world of STEM and Morrison’s Academy teachers and included: Dynamic Earth, Glasgow Science Centre, The CODE Show, YouTube sensation STEM with Mr N, Royal Navy, Falcon Foodservice Equipment, Aerospace company, Leonardo, GirlGuiding Tay and Ochils, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Curious Chip – Pip, University of Glasgow and University Highlands and Islands.

A diverse range of employers from local businesses and national organisations showcased opportunities in STEM. Organisations included GSK, Police Scotland, SSEN Transmission, One Stop, Seric Systems, Ross Eng., Intelligent Growth Solutions, Code Play Software and MAESA.

This year’s speakers were Colin McGregor, former Morrison’s Academy pupil and RAF fighter pilot and Natasha Pell, a Manufacturing Engineer with Linn Products. The event was kindly sponsored by Drysdale Brothers and Consilio Events.

Pamela Boal, Digital Director at Morrison’s Academy, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many young people onto our campus for a day of discovery, innovation and opportunities. From coding adventures and robotic challenges to live science shows and journeys to the edge of the solar system – there really was something for everyone. Families let their imaginations soar as they explored the hands-on activities, interactive workshops and inspiring talks.

“This event could not happen without the support of so many organisations and individuals. From our amazing workshop hosts and exhibitors, to the sponsors, speakers, staff and pupils – we’d like to thank everyone who helped to make this day such a success.”

Stuart Macdonald, founder and CEO of SmartSTEMs, said: “We have had a truly immersive and memorable day of STEM at Morrison’s Academy. Working collaboratively with their team, we were able to give young delegates across Perthshire a taste of the exciting opportunities available to them in this industry. This event is the perfect example of how much can be achieved when industry and education join forces to inspire and nurture our young people.”

Andrew McGarva, Rector at Morrison’s Academy added: “What an extraordinary day of STEM discovery for children and their families from within our local community. With the sun beaming down, our campus buzzed with incredible opportunities and experiences, all centred around the captivating world of STEM.

“It was a delight to collaborate once again with the charity SmartSTEMs for this whole community celebration however there are many companies and individuals whose unwavering support made this day so special and we are grateful for their contributions. Events like this ignite passion in young people from all backgrounds and allow them to consider the many and varied career opportunities within this dynamic sector.

“At Morrison’s Academy STEM is more than just a subject, it’s one of our Golden Threads, intricately woven throughout our curriculum from age 2-18. Alongside our specialist teachers, our dedicated STEM workshop and varied STEM curriculum, we hold a number of initiatives and events throughout the year to ignite passion for learning and discovery.”