Iain Paton from the IS speaks to pupils at Step into STEM

Step into STEM


Staff from the Improvement Service’s Roads Collaboration Programme and the Spatial Hub supported the recent Step into STEM Event in West Lothian (Wednesday 6 March). This event promotes science, technology, engineering and maths careers to S2 pupils, along with Developing the Young Workforce West Lothian, West Lothian Council and West Lothian College.


This event reached out to a total of 227 S2 pupils from 10 schools within West Lothian.


The feedback and comments provided by the schools who attended was overwhelmingly positive and this has provided an insight into careers in roads management and engineering and also spatial data science, using visual aids such as protective equipment and even Minecraft and Lego.


Lauren Brown, Project Manager, DYW West Lothian Regional Group:

“Our annual Step into STEM Event is a fantastic opportunity for local employers – such as the Improvement Service – to showcase the diverse range of career opportunities available within science, technology, engineering and maths. It is crucial that industry and education come together to inspire the future workforce and to encourage pupils to continue with their STEM studies. The efforts that our exhibitors put into providing engaging, interactive and dynamic STEM activities is having a hugely positive impact on raising the career aspirations of pupils within West Lothian”.


Scott Robbie- teacher at Pinewood ASN school:

“I have to say the whole event was wonderful... it was actually life changing for some of our young people. The amount of buzz and excitement from the whole group, plus many of them now wanting to go to college and gain particular careers”


Colin Miller, Head of Service: External Engagement, West Lothian College:

“We are proud to host this fantastic event at West Lothian College and it is great to be a part of it. It was really good to see all the students engaged in the wide range of STEM activities. They had a lot of fun whilst learning about the possible careers and opportunities for STEM learners”