The LEP is currently hosting work experience student Henry Bircham. On Thursday 5th July, Henry attended day two of the Youth STEMM Awards Annual Conference. Here’s his blog from the day:
The Youth STEMM Awards held an event for sixth-form students to give a conference on how people who do STEMM subjects (Science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine) can further their future carers in Norfolk, while also holding workshops throughout the day.
A conference was held first and was presented by Doug Field; he went through all possible options for those studying a STEMM subject and were doing so while staying in Norfolk. Before going through these options, he created a poll with the people in the room asking whether they believed they would have to travel to London to have to progress in STEMM, instead of remaining in Norfolk, in which the data revealed to be that 70% thought they did.
Doug continued with his presentation in which he explained all the possible paths that someone studying STEMM could follow. In Norfolk, Doug presented that you could get a career in IT, energy, agriculture, and aviation. In Norwich alone, the courses for IT consistently get outstanding results and the Aviation Academy, by Norwich airport, allows people to study Aviation engineering on an actual plane. With energy, Great Yarmouth in Norfolk have enormous windfarms and close by, in Suffolk, they’re constructing Sizewell C which will bring 25,000 jobs to the local area. Finally, Agricultural engineering is a high demand so that more issues involving it can be solved in the future. Not only that but agricultural businesses are able to achieve more: regular coffee with no caffeine and gluten free foods with no change to the recipe are both a reality.
When the conference came to an end, Doug then referred to the polls that the people had decided and asked again whether they believed that they had to move to London to further a career in STEMM. This time it came to 60% believing they had to move and 40% thought to stay In Norfolk. Despite there being a pleasant increase and decrease in the percentages, Doug said that he believed that more people should have a positive attitude to staying and was disappointed in the overall result.
Two Workshops ran simultaneously after the conference. The first that I went to was by Healthy Planet UEA and expressed the importance of global warming and climate change. They believed that more people should be aware and educated on why global warming and climate change are such large issues in the world today while also showing ways for us to prevent it.
One main factor of why global warming is occurring was due to everyone’s carbon footprint. This was the amount of carbon that any person produces; carbon can be produced either from driving gas guzzling cars or simply doing things like leaving a lightbulb on or boiling water. To reduce carbon emissions, we can walk instead of drive and remember to do small things like turn off lights when they’re not in use.
We were shown that climate change was a large issue as well. The effects caused people to lose homes and farmland from flooding and rising waters. This comes from global warming being an issue by melting the ice caps, leading to water levels rising. A chain reaction occurs from this as when the caps melt, water rises. This then destroys farmland, meaning that eventually people will get less food and go hungry because of it. These effects clearly came across as very serious and to prevent climate change from happening then the factors that caused it need to be stopped. The factors of climate change come from what causes global warming, including burning fossil fuels, deforestation, mining, and waste from overproducing agriculture in richer countries.
The workshop alongside that was in the biomedical lab. As I only caught the end of it I didn’t quite understand what was going on. It seemed that they were studying DNA in plant life and how each plant’s DNA were similar or different to one another. They were all separated into groups and assessed whether they believed that one plant was related to another.
To conclude, I found that it was an enjoyable experience learning about how people could have future careers in STEMM related subjects, the importance of Global warming and Climate change and the little I saw of DNA and plant life.