The Big Assembly

The Big Assembly

Year 8 students had an inspirational morning taking part in The Big Assembly. 

They took part in a live Q&A with a panel of young STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) professionals who work in a range of exciting jobs.

The aim was to inspire young people to study STEM subjects and pursue careers in science and engineering.

Students were chosen to take part if they had an Attitude to Learning score of 1 or were high-achievers in science and the screening was organised by Mrs Humphreys.

The live broadcast was hosted by TV presenter Rachel Riley who is the Shell STEM education ambassador. She spoke to 6 young STEM professionals who answered live careers questions from students across the country.

The panel were: 

  • Olivia Sweeney - Aroma chemicals creative buyer at Lush
  • Michael Gee - Fuel scientist at Shell
  • Olga Posopkina - Electical and electronic engineering student
  • Kim Everett - Powertrain calibration engineer at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Dilani Selva - Software engineering apprentice at the BBC
  • Álvaro Rojas - development engineer at Rolls Royce

Students conducted themselves very maturely throughout the broadcast, listening intently to ensure they got a good insight into the diversity of careers in science. They gained an awareness of the different routes into science careers e.g. degree / apprenticeships and heard about the exciting opportunities that are possible through STEM careers.