Loughborough-based, diversified technology company 3M Health Care recently hosted an interesting and informative placement day for fourteen Leicestershire teachers. The placement provided teachers with an insight into 3M’s impressive use of science in the development and manufacture of the latest healthcare technologies. During the day, teachers had the opportunity to talk to professionals to find out about applications of science theory to their working practices. They also met 3M STEM Ambassadors who gave advice on science related career routes, qualifications, skills and progression within the company. The Ambassadors often attend careers fairs and undertake presentations in schools aiming to inspire young people to consider a career or qualification choice linked to STEM subjects. The teachers were given a tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which is a centre of expertise in the research, development and manufacturing of drug delivery technologies. All the teachers gained a wealth of information to enrich their lessons, linked to 3M’s leading- edge healthcare technology products and services. Julie Owen, Communications Manager at 3M Health Care said; “As a company with innovation at its heart, we are particularly keen to support the science and technology curriculum relations programme and the Teachers Placement was a great way to strengthen links with many local schools and colleges. We based the agenda on the teachers’ objectives to ensure their day away from the classroom was of maximum value. It was a very rewarding event to host.” Craig Bowles from Newbridge High School, Coalville said; “A valuable aspect of the placement was to assure that curriculum delivery is still current in relation to industrial approach and practice.” Matthew Chamberlain from Limehurst High School, Loughborough commented; “Following the placement, I will be able to offer more sound advice to students with regards to careers in science.” This placement was organised by LEBC (Leicestershire Education Business Company) and supported by the Science Learning Centre East Midlands.
www.leics-ebc.org.ukName of Guest BloggerOdette Wells