Chemical company surveys effect of interactive learning

| July 22, 2019

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A Cross Hills chemical company has succeeded in its aims to encourage interest in STEM subjects following a visit from its local primary school. Following a recent day out at Airedale Chemical, Sutton-in-Craven Community Primary School year four pupils were surveyed about the effect the experience had on their attitudes towards science. More than 90% said they were now more aware of how science is used in everyday life and more than two thirds (69%) would now consider a career in STEM.
The change comes after the pupils were welcomed onto the Airedale Chemical site to carry out experiments in its new product development laboratory, explore its specialist fleet of lorries and learn about how its products are used. The survey also highlighted the differing attitudes towards science between male and female students. Before the visit none of the girls regarded science as their favourite lesson but afterwards 83% said it was now their favourite subject and 100% were now more interested in science as a result of their day on site. The number of girls who were consequently considering a science-related career increased by 34% after their experience.

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