Virtual STEM work experience
Sofia’s skills and education team trialled a virtual work experience during the Covid-19 lockdown as a trial to test how successful it could be as a model should students be required to more regularly carry out their studies and extra-curricular activities from home.
Emma Bowen, a GCSE student at Howden School, spent a week carrying out virtual research projects, participating in meetings and preparing reports and written feedback for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, under the guidance of UK STEM’s Mike Cargill, who is implementing Sofia’s skills and education commitments.
Of the week Emma said "It was lots of fun and I had a good time experimenting and meeting new people. I also learnt vital work place skills and was given lots of help and support to keep it running smoothly."
Her school also found it a useful experiment and possible model for future engagement between schools and the business sector. “What an amazing opportunity for our students to engage virtually with STEM companies. We hope this is the start of more fantastic work experience and our thanks to everyone involved.”
Photo: Emma Bowen, GCSE student at Howden School, carrying out her virtual work experience week.