In the week leading up to the October half term over 350 year nine pupils from local secondary schools in Conwy and Denbigh flocked to the CodiSTEM event at Coleg Llandrillo's Rhos-on-Sea campus.

CodiSTEM is an annual event organised by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai with support from Gyrfa Cymru.

This event aims to inspire young people and to pique their interest in Science, Technology. Engineering and Maths (STEM) by giving them to opportunity to have a go at activities such Computer Aided Design, Computer Programming, Civil Engineering, Robotics and more.

These hands on activities are provided by local companies and college departments. There's also the opportunity for the young people to speak to experts, companies and staff about work, careers and opportunities in the field of STEM.

Many youngsters enjoyed participating in activities put on by departmental college departments as well as employers including: Lego robotics with Engineering Education Scheme Wales, sensory tests with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's Food Technology Centre, a Games Development workshop, and hands on science experiments with the 'Trio Sci' team at Bangor University and much more.

Seventeen high-profile employers included Horizon Nuclear Power, Scottish Power Energy networks, National Grid, Simian Risk, Orthios, Watkin Jones supported the event.

Lawrence Wood, Principal Coleg Llandrillo commented:

I would like to thank all organisations who contributed to making this event such a success and importantly of value to those who attended. It was good to see so many school pupils taking an interest in such an important area. As a region we need continue to do all we can to encourage young people to take a keen interest in STEM subjects, linked to skills required for the future.

Additionally this is a fantastic opportunity for our own departments to showcase their hidden talents and dedication by putting on fun and engaging activities for young people who may not already be familiar with our campuses and the variety of courses we offer."

Many of the employers in attendance recruit apprentices and the events were an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the opportunities available to them in the exciting world of STEM opportunities in post-16 education.

The STEM team would like to extend their gratitude for all staff and learners who supported with the event for the benefit of schools.