Fifteen S4 pupils have been taking part in the Bridge to Employment scheme this year. The school is working in partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy along with pupils from Glenurquhart High and Lochaber High. The scheme aims to enhance employability skills and raise awareness of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Pupils have a series of STEMinars from Lifescan, Highlands and Islands Airports and Cap Gemini. UHI are also partners to this initiative and they are hosting a live link up to the USA in January where pupils will have an opportunity to watch live surgery.
The pupils are growing in confidence and are working well with the pupils from the other schools as can be seen from the pictures from the latest STEMinar where they had to work in teams to build a model wind turbine.
Previous STEMinars have seen them debating the best route for a power line, planning to use technology to enhance a community event, investigating the effects of enzymes on sugar, changing a wheel and designing infrastructure for a new town. This has required a huge commitment from the pupils with visits to Lochaber, Drumnadrochit and Torachilty Power station. They will now be preparing for their poster presentation and the graduation in February.
Miss Rona Macpherson, Depute Rector & Bridge to Employment Coordinator