By providing true to life examples and interactions with real people they help put science, technology, engineering and maths into context. TeenTech and SATRO help demonstrate how these subjects are part of our every day lives and inject that all important human element. After all, STEM, like everything is ultimately all about people.
Walking around The Challenge Zone, passing Atkins, Thames Water, Sodexo and the wealth of other interesting companies I happened upon Andy Hunt, Judith Gregory and the team from GSK.
As we spoke I got a tangible sense of how much they cared about what they were doing. Plus they demonstrated yet again the many faceted attributes needed by those working in science and engineering today and in the future. For example, the ability to…
- work in multi functional teams
- understand the application of their technology as much as the technical elements
- communicate with those who may not have the technical expertise
And it’s not all one-way. Talking with a new audience who come with different outlooks and fresh ideas helps fuel our own creativity and take us out of our personal bubble.
TeenTech and SATRO do great work every day investing in skills and raising the profile and accessibility of STEM. Long may it continue.