FROM cooking classes to learning about medical equipment, a school gave students a taster of the world of work.
Brune Park Community School is hosting a three-day science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) event, which gives pupils the chance to try out and find out information on different industries.
As well as offering hands-on sessions, the pupils were able to listen to speakers talk about their line of work.
The event started yesterday and the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students at the school in Military Road, Gosport, listened to people from Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and Young Engineer of 2012 Jessica Jones.
Toby Warrington, a Year 7 pupil, said he enjoyed listening to BAR team.
The 12-year-old said: ‘I found the talk very interesting and I learnt a lot of facts about the America’s Cup and hope Ben Ainslie wins in it.
I have learned a lot even after the first day. I like it because it gives children like me the chance to learn about different subjects.Year 7 pupil Toby Warrington
‘It is exciting to know it’s going to be in this area in the summer.’
Toby took part in the classroom medics lesson where students used different equipment to monitor heart rate, record bloodflow and practise methods on a dummy.
Toby added: ‘The whole Stem idea is amazing and it’s been really brilliant.
‘I have learned a lot even after the first day. I like it because it gives children like me the chance to learn about different subjects.’
Fellow Year 7 pupil Olivia Nelson, 12, added: ‘The Stem event is all about figuring out what you want to choose at the end of Year 9 to carry on with as a possible career.
‘It’s helped to give me an idea of what I may have to do to be in a certain career. I’ve learnt quite a lot.’
The school was able to get in a lot of different speakers including Mandy Parnell, who owns a recording studio, Professor Richard Holdaway, the director of RAL Space and Mike Slater, a space engineer.
Headteacher Richard Kelly said: ‘The Stem activities allow students to be involved in looking at how these subjects will impact on them over their lifetime.
‘Many organisations have delivered keynote speeches as well as delivering engaging and thought-provoking activities.’