Event reaches out to students

Thornton College

1st March 2019


Thornton College

THORNTON College hosted its fourth STEM event on Wednesday, 30 January where over 200 students from local schools attended to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The evening opened spectacularly with a display of the world's first gaming robots, as seen on The One Show.

Reach Robotics is a UK tech-start up based in Bristol. Over the past four years, founding CEO Silas Adekunle has been developing MekaMon, the world's first gaming robot. It was fantastic for Thornton College to secure such a globally followed and recognised company to open its event, which aimed to inspire students to enter a career in technology. Silas himself was galvanised to set up Reach Robotics after attending coding courses at his school.

Sixteen companies, all industry leaders, attended the event to meet students and tell them all about the breadth of opportunities and job roles available.

Megan King, PR Manager, Reach Robotics said: "It was amazing to engage with so many passionate students. Education is central to the Reach Robotics' brand ethos and it has been so valuable to showcase our new education offering at Thornton College."

Ben, a student from St Columba's, said the evening was 'packed with information' and Amy, Deputy Head Girl at Thornton College, said that it was 'a very inspiring evening opening many doors for young students'.

Jo Scott, Employment and Enterprise Advisor at Thornton College said of the evening: "It was brilliant to see the students so engaged and gave so many the opportunity to find out more about jobs in the creative and innovative STEM sector."

Milton Keynes is the fastest growing start up economy in the UK and Thornton is the only girls' independent school in the town - less than 23 per cent of women enter STEM careers worldwide. Thornton College is proud of its commitment to giving its students regular access to a variety of events to inspire and stimulate interest in the science and technology sectors. It is worth noting that most roles that the students will be filling don't even exist yet.

For further details contact Jennifer Walker, Development and Marketing Director,

Thornton College, Convent of Jesus & Mary, Thornton, Milton Keynes, MK17 0HJ on 01280 812610 or email jwalker@thorntoncollege.com

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