Students at a Wolverhampton school were given a unique insight into potential careers in technology and engineering.

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Highfields School, in Boundary Way, Penn, hosted a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fair to enable students to talk to a range of companies about possible career opportunities and pathways available to them when they leave education.

Among the companies and groups who contributed to the fair were West Midlands Fire Service, Severn Trent Water, Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, the University of Wolverhampton, Amey plc and the Royal Navy.

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As well as being given information on potential future careers, the students were able to participate in a keep fit 'rowing race' and a range of demonstrations including the administration of first aid and resuscitation.

The fire service also demonstrated the "jaws of life" equipment they use to cut open cars and rescue people trapped inside.

Mark Capel, Headteacher of Highfields School, said: "This is a popular event and always well received by the students".

"It provides them with the opportunity to learn more about the range of pathways and careers available within STEM subjects in addition to raising awareness of future STEM careers currently being developed for the next generation of students".

"The event is really brought to life by the practical demonstrations and activities students can take part in providing an exciting and fun way for them to learn and engage with STEM subjects".

"We would like to say a huge thank you to all the exhibitors who attended and supported the event and hope they found it as rewarding as our students did."

  • released: Friday 11 July, 2014