School pupils learned how to distract DNA as Nelson and Colne College looked to inspire a love of STEM during National Science Week.

Year 8 and 9 pupils from Park High School and Pendle Vale College spent an afternoon at the college immersing themselves in all things science.

The visit, one of several taster sessions involving local schools, highlighted the college’s reputation as a premier destination for studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects.

The college aims to inspire and empower students to pursue their passions in STEM fields, with a commitment to nurturing curiosity, innovation, and scientific inquiry.

As part of its ongoing efforts to engage with the local community, Nelson & Colne College collaborates closely with nearby schools to encourage students to explore the exciting opportunities available in STEM education. Taster days, such as the ones held during Science Week aims to ignite a passion for STEM learning and inspire the next generation of scientists.

On the day pupils had the opportunity to work in the college’s state-of-the-art science labs and conduct practical experiments under the guidance of experienced tutors. Year 8 students from Park High School had the unique opportunity to extract DNA, providing them with a hands-on experience that brings science to life.

James Hindle, a Year 8 pupil and Science Ambassador from Park High, said: “Coming into Nelson & Colne College was a really great experience. Extracting DNA was so cool, and it made me excited to learn more about science in the future.”

Mr Farry from Park High commented: ” An amazing and inspiring experience for our STEM ambassadors as part of British Science Week. The opportunities provided by Nelson & Colne College are invaluable for our students. These hands-on experiences not only foster a love for STEM subjects but also open doors to future career possibilities. We are grateful for the college’s dedication to inspiring and empowering young minds.”

Reflecting Nelson & Colne College’s commitment to providing students with real-world opportunities, several current students studying STEM subjects at A level have benefited from mentorship programs with industry experts. This year, four students received mentoring from professionals at Glaxo Smith Kline, while one student is taking up a coveted summer placement with Unilever. These experiences not only enhance students’ academic learning but also provide valuable insights into potential career pathways in STEM fields.

Kirsten Graham, Head of Division for Science, said “We are delighted to celebrate National Science Week and showcase the exceptional work being done in STEM education at the college. Our commitment to providing innovative learning experiences and real-world opportunities is at the heart of everything we do. Through our collaborative efforts with local schools and industry partners, we aim to empower students to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to the world of STEM.”