Student programme Renishaw hosts Fame-Lab-Academy students for work experience
UK – Global engineering technologies company Renishaw has offered one-day work experience placements to students from the 2017 Fame-Lab Academy, a science communication competition for year nine students in Gloucestershire.
The competition aims to improve communication skills and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. On the day, the students visited Renishaw’s Innovation Centre for a tour and hands-on activities to give them a taste of what a career in engineering entails.
Fame-Lab Academy is organised by Cheltenham Festivals and supported by EDF Energy. The competition involves 1500 students from schools across the county with thirteen finalists presenting a scientific topic of their choice to a panel of judges in just three minutes. The students are judged on their content, clarity and charisma. The participants are supported and advised by STEM mentors from local businesses including Kirsty Wynne and Emma Robertson from Renishaw who mentored students from Wyedean School, a mixed comprehensive school, and Stroud High School, a grammar school for girls.
All participating students have the opportunity to achieve a British Science Association CREST Bronze Award and will learn about the careers opportunities in STEM industries. The winner from each school receives a communications master class, a work placement in a local STEM company and a place in the grand final.
Renishaw offered one-day work placements to winning students from Rednock School, Westonbirt School, Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre, Thomas Keble and Stroud High School. On the day, the students were given an introduction to Renishaw and engineering, and a tour of the Renishaw Innovation Centre near Wotton-under-Edge.