TV star Jason Bradbury helps to launch Trafford College's new STEM centre

Messenger Newspapers: Jason outside The new £15 million Centre for Science and Technology Jason outside The new £15 million Centre for Science and Technology

JASON Bradbury joined hundreds of excited visitors to officially unveil Trafford College's new Centre for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at the College's Talbot Road campus.

The centre, a purpose built world-class facility where learners can unleash their full potential and be creative through hands-on learning, will completely revolutionise the way students experience STEM subjects.

Having undergone significant building work over the summer, the new facility boasts world-class engineering and motor vehicle workshops, cutting edge science laboratories, state-of-the-art 'learning labs' and advanced technology including a specialist green room for the latest renewable energy resources.

In addition, the college is looking forward to working alongside some of the most significant employers in the region who will provide crucial work placement opportunities for students that will help bring STEM subjects alive, ultimately arming them with a competitive edge in the industry.

Jason Bradbury, presenter of Channel 5's 'The Gadget Show' and self-confessed technology enthusiast, was thrilled to join the college's staff and students to launch the centre.

Having spent hours having fun in the centre's science labs, green room and motor vehicle workshops where he turned his hand to explosive experiments, making energy and spray painting a car, he said: "I'm genuinely excited by what I've seen today. I'm so impressed by the idea that in this incredible period we live in, you can actually get hands on experience in making and inventing new things.

“This isn't just a new centre for STEM, this is a space for ideas and a playground for creativity where students can express themselves.

“That's what scientists do; they play and come up with answers to new questions. How can you not get excited about that, and about STEM? Because it's what is going to land us in Mars, and invent cures for cancer. The possibilities are endless.

"We really are in grave times, in that so much of our industry and talent have been lost overseas. This is why this centre is exactly what we need here in the heart of Manchester. This institution is critical in providing local service, knowledge and talent, otherwise we just can't compete on a grand scale."

Trafford College principal, Sir Bill Moorcroft, said: “The launch of our new centre for science and technology is incredibly important in the development of STEM in our local community, enabling the growth of employment and apprenticeship opportunities, and playing a key role in preparing our young people for the global job market – where our STEM students will be among the highest in demand.

“The new centre will also act as a resource for local schools and the whole community, inspiring future generations of STEM professionals through access to world-class facilities and training opportunities.”

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