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Technology in the Marine Sector

Teachers in Cornwall took to the high seas to find out more about science, technology, maths and engineering in the Marine Sector and how they link to the curriculum.

A group of teachers from Cornish Schools and colleges met at Fowey Harbour Commission, where Capt Paul Thomas talked about the work of the Commission before taking them out to explore the work of the port from the water.  Following a visit to the engineering and repair works at Brazen Island, they visited C Toms and Sons Boatyard at Polruan. Here they were able to find out about boat fabrication and repair, before heading back to Fowey and a visit to Sail Shape, which makes high quality sails.

“The day was superbly organised by the businesses with the help of Cornwall Marine Network and Fowey Harbour Commission” said Helen Field from Cornwall Education Business Partnership.  “We had a real insight into three really exciting businesses operating within the Port of Fowey.  The teachers were able to explore science, technology, maths and engineering in the workplace and find out about careers and apprenticeships”.

“I have been able to make links with topics I teach at school, including conservation, centres of gravity, waste management and sustainability” said science teacher Joe Turner from Penrice Community School.

“It was an inspirational day” said Launceston teacher John Fraser. “I have a much better understanding of the range and breadth of career opportunities in the marine sector”

The visit was part of a programme run by Cornwall Education Business Partnership to promote careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths).

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