Have A Go launches pilot workshops

Tuesday 24th November saw the launch of Have A Go’s first pilot workshop for the Engineering sector. Delivered online by college lecturer, former skill champion and agricultural engineer: Gethin Johnson, the focus of this workshop was hydraulics.

Class 8C at Crickhowell High School, led by teacher Mr Joseph Mulholland were the first recipients of the HaG workshop Engineering pilot.  It was received with much excitement and engagement. A very enjoyable session which will help the young people of 8C make informed choices about their future pathways.

Here is what Carron Goold, Director of Learning – Welsh Baccalaureate and PSE had to say about the experience.

‘We were thrilled to participate in the pilot for the ‘Have A Go’ Inspiring Skills Wales, STEM initiative. Our Y8 students were so engaged in the quizzes and activities delivered by Gethin and loved building their hydraulic excavators. The kits were very well organised and easy to understand. So many students were totally inspired and are now considering a career within the engineering and STEM sectors. This ‘hands on’, contextual style of learning is perfect for Wales’ exciting, new curriculum and we would love to be involved with another project with the Have A Go and Inspiring Wales teams! Huge thanks!’ 

Pupils in attendance at the session also said:

“I learnt more about these types of jobs and that there are many different options open under this one career option.’

 ‘I learnt a lot from this, I didn't know anything about hydraulics at the start and now I know what they are. I never thought I could build this but I did with the help of my group.’

I think we can all see the first pilot workshop was a huge success.  I am very excited for the other pilots and I look forward to the official launch of our HaG workshops in 2021.  I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing these workshops to life with the help of the ISEiW team, our pilot schools and our fabulous facilitator Gethin Johnson.  Diolch yn fawr iawn.

Blog post by Michelle Snell Have A Go Champion


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