School children explore future STEM careers with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

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School children from Southampton and Portsmouth had hands-on experience of careers in the emergency services, with the help of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The event was part of #HantsSTEMFest held at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

100 students from nine schools, coordinated by St Anne’s Catholic School & Sixth Form College in Southampton and Portsmouth’s Saint Edmond’s Catholic School took part in two extensive workshops with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The children had hands-on experience of administering critical care with the paramedic team and planning emergency missions with the pilots, to showcase future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers within the air-emergency services.

Each school attending has been working with the Royal Academy of Engineering: Connecting STEM Teachers programme to complete a series of STEM challenges and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers.

Emily Thorpe-Smith, Director of STEM Engagement at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium said: By collaborating with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the event perfectly engaged young people with a valuable STEM career within the local community. Every student got real-life experience of careers in the emergency services and the important role STEM skills place within this sector.

It was a wonderful afternoon and it was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these young people and the inspirational STEM Ambassador role models from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Winchester Science Centre coordinates the Central South England STEM Ambassador Hub to help inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

There are a number of STEM Ambassadors working at Winchester Science Centre and across the UK. They volunteer their time and enthusiasm to help inspire young people by bringing STEM to life and showcasing the opportunities that arise from pursuing STEM subjects and careers. STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds and represent a diverse range of employment such as zoologists, set designers, climate change scientists, engineers, farmers, geologists, nuclear physicists, and architects. They are also a free resource for teachers and others engaging young people in and outside of the classroom.

If you would like to become a STEM Ambassador at Winchester Science Centre, please apply via the website.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance receives no government funding and relies on the hard work and generosity of donors, volunteers and supporters to help save lives. Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance critical care team is called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents. Highly skilled crews of doctors, paramedics and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department. The charity needs to raise in excess of £9,000 a day keep the Air Ambulance flying.