PUPILS have been getting to grips with science and maths at a fair aimed at increasing their interest in careers in technology and engineering.
The Stem fair saw almost 800 young people aged between nine and 16 take part in activities at Fareham College in Fareham and St Vincent College in Gosport.
Stem focuses on science, technology, engineering and maths.
Local organisations and companies presented activities to give young people hands-on experience of the diversity that Stem can offer, both in industry and in everyday life
Jacqui Jones is from the Education Business Partnership (EBP) and she helped to organise the fair.
She said: ‘We’ve got young people looking at science, technology, engineering and maths but in a fun, interactive way. We want to enthuse them about science in general but we also want them to see how local businesses use it in their general workplace.
‘We’ve been running Stem fairs for about 20 years now. The reason we run them is because schools find them so valuable. They keep coming back every year.
‘This is the future workforce so they want to enthuse them and keep them inspired.’
Pupils from schools across the area, including those in Fareham, Gosport, Portsmouth and Emsworth, took part in the fair.
Kim Rowe is a microbiological scientist from Portsmouth Water. She was there showing the children where their water comes from and how it gets purified.
She said: ‘We are teaching a whole generation to save water. If we teach them at a young age, they will grow up knowing not to waste water.’
Pupil Jamie Garrett, 11, is in Year 6 at Emsworth Primary School.
She said: ‘It’s really exciting to find out where it’s all from and how we get the water.
‘Science is really exciting and you can see all the experiments.’
Sam Pordage, marketing manager for Fareham College, said: ‘We think it’s a great opportunity for young people to get involved in Stem activities.
‘It’s great for us to showcase our facilities, too.’
The fair continues today and tomorrow.