Pupils and a teacher from Hillcroft Primary School in Caterham, visited the House of Commons to join an event organised by Pfizer designed to demonstrate the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education to MPs and peers.
The event, hosted by Crispin Blunt MP, showcased Pfizer’s flagship ‘Science in a Box’ programme to attending MPs, peers, civil servants and other notable names from the STEM community.
The pupils from Hillcroft Primary School, and teacher Tom Holloway, who have been taking part in Science in a Box, spoke to MPs about what they had learnt on the programme, and put them through their paces on how medicines are discovered and developed.
Mr Holloway said: “This has been a great experience for our students who have enjoyed demonstrating the knowledge they have gained through Pfizer’s initiative to MPs and peers. It is so crucial that STEM learning continues to be encouraged in schools, and we are pleased to be participating in initiatives like this that help to give STEM education the priority it deserves.”
Having already reached 38 schools and over 10,000 students, Science in a Box uses activities such as puzzles, board games, quizzes and presentations, to help build knowledge about medicine development and the role of the pharmaceutical industry.
The programme is delivered by Pfizer STEM Ambassadors who visit schools up and down the country and bring to life the range of career options in the life sciences industry and the career paths available, from apprenticeships and vocational qualifications to university degrees.
Photo shows Tom Holloway with two Hillcroft students, Chloe Fraser and Jack Vines.