My World of Work Live!

09/11/2016 14:39

Learn about space by simulating the orbital motion of a satellite, have a go at programming a robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology, or try to assemble a digital sensor that monitors your heart rate.

These are just some of the activities young people can experience with My World of Work Live! – a set of interactive exhibits and activities designed to bring STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and maths) to life.

My World of Work Live! is available at the Glasgow Science Centre, Inverness Digital Studio and Careers Lab, Mareel Arts Centre in Shetland and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

It's designed for young people aged between 10 and 15 as well as teachers and parents. You can go along and try any of the exhibits or take part in inspiring activities that are delivered by staff who have real life experience of industry – you can book these in advance. 

Why visit?

At each of the My World of Work Live! venues young people will be able to:

  • Experience what it’s like to work in STEM careers such as construction and space engineering
  • Find out what many and varied STEM careers are out there like electronic engineering and cyber security 
  • Explore where STEM subjects (like maths, physics and computing) could take them

Glasgow Science Centre

Experience the magic mirror and ‘try on’ uniforms in a virtual dressing room. What will you be? A paramedic, builder or a deep sea diver?

Find out more about what’s available by visiting the Glasgow Science Centre website

Inverness Digital Studio and Careers Lab

The Digital Studio offers a range of exciting activities and bookable group slots. Test your skills in 3D modelling, program a handheld games console or experience what it’s like to be an environmental scientist and much more.

There are also six exhibits at the new Careers Lab using the latest in technology. Try our Virtual Reality headsets and see what working in construction is really like. Explore the Minecraft Careers World, Maker Space, Game Learning, 3D printing or the Creative Station where you can film your My World of Work Live! experience.

Lab Rats is an after school club for 10-15 year olds. Young people can also sign up to take part in longer term projects involving photography, video editing and film making, programming, engineering and design. 

For details on how to book contact studioinv@sds.co.uk

Mareel Arts Centre

Take part in a fun personality quiz and use the the giant infowall touch screen to explore where a career in STEM could take you. Activity sessions are also delivered throughout schools in Shetland.

Contact Emma Chittick to find out about what's available. 

National Museum of Scotland

At the National Museum of Scotland, museum exhibits are used to spark discussion on STEM careers and where STEM subjects could take you. 

Pupils can take part in our free Career Challenge trails. Aimed at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, these trails will take you on an exciting journey around the museum. Learn about the skills and subjects required for jobs and find out about the different entry routes available.

The following trails can be found on the National Museum of Scotland resources page:

  • Building
  • Finance
  • Digital technology
  • Engineering
  • Life sciences 

Resources for teachers

Activity sheets and learning resources are available to help you and your pupils get the most out of the My World of Work Live! inspiring activities. 

Interactive exhibits and activities bringing STEM careers to life