Ottery girl involved in film to encourage science

An Ottery student has taken part in a film to try and prove a career in science is available to a broad range of people.

Commissioned by the Science Council, the films aim to convince young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Four students from Bicton College were involved in the films, including Ottery resident Laura Gaden, 22. Laura studied animal care but moved on to a National Diploma in Agriculture and now works for the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. She said: “The courses I Studied have really put some of my GCSE science into practice and now I’m doing a great job I really enjoy.”

They are available to view on the Science Council’s Futuremorph website, and DVDs of the films are being distributed to all secondary schools in England and Wales by the Science Council in London.

Jane Townsend, Deputy Principal said “Bicton College provides excellent opportunities for young people to put science into practice. There is an identified shortage of skilled practical technicians within the British workforce with the ability to apply real understanding in a practical work-based setting. We hope the films will inspire young people to consider science based careers and to realise that studying science can be fulfilled through their local Further Education college, right up to degree level.”