We spoke to Amy from Higher Horizons+ Science&Engineering Saturday Club about their time on the programme.
Why were you interested in a Saturday Club with a Science&Engineering focus?
I’ve always been enthusiastic about Science&Engineering, so I wanted to like expand my knowledge with experiences and opportunities that wouldn’t be available to me without the Club. I mostly enjoy Biology, the human body and stuff like that. With the Saturday Club I’ve had opportunities where I’ve been able to learn more about things like Biomedical Science.
Which Club projects have you most enjoyed this year at your Saturday Club?
One of my most favourite days was when we visited a Crime Scene House and it was so interesting because I’ve never before got an insight into how a crime scene detective works. There was a false crime scene set out and we were given the equipment to record things such as fingerprints and photographs. We were just about successful in solving the crime.
If you could use three words to describe your experience of Saturday Club, which would you choose and why?
Fascinating, valuable, and fun. Without the Saturday Club, I wouldn’t have these opportunities, and I’ve enjoyed it all so much.
What does Science&Engineering mean to you?
I think it’s really about discovering things and trying to improve the world around you for the better. Because my favourite science is Biology, I’m thinking from more of a medicine point of view, but you could improve the world with things like engineering and architecture too.
Have there been any ‘breakthrough moments’ at the Club that made you think differently or realise something for the first time?
When many people think of STEM subjects, they think it’s a bit boring, like maths. But I’ve realised there are so many different careers and pathways I could go into that are actually so interesting and that I’d love to like participate in. For example, when I visited the Crime Scene House, learning about forensics, I didn’t think that would be so fun. And I’ve definitely developed a passion for Medicine because of Saturday Club sessions too.
Who, what or where inspires you?
My brother inspires me the most. He’s my older brother and he’s always been a big part of my life. He’s always motivated me and he actually encouraged me to participate in the Saturday Club, so without his enthusiasm about me doing things, I don’t think I would be where I am right now.
How would you go about overcoming a creative block/moving forward/struggling to feel motivated?
I think about my dreams for the future. Like my goals and aspirations, and I just have to remember that I want that. So, I’m going work towards it and I’m gonna do everything it takes to get there.
If you could make one thing better in the world what would it be?
Well, to answer related to science, I’d probably want to change addictions. There’s a certain chemical in our body that makes us more prone to addiction, whether it’s genetic or we just have it in general. If we could maybe use genetic engineering it could solve the issue of addiction and then solve some issues related to it, like homelessness.
What do think the best thing about being your age is?
I think having no responsibilities and having fun in an educational way. When my brother talks about university he tells me how expensive and time consuming it can be, but being 15, you can learn and still have fun without any responsibilities really! I can find out who I am and what I enjoy without the pressure of running out of time.
Do you feel a sense of community at your Saturday Club? How would you describe it?
I’ve met a lot of people, and I love surrounding myself with people who are smarter than me because I feel like there’s so much opportunity to learn through things like debating. I do feel a sense of community, especially with the tutors. They’re really welcoming and like a family. It’s like a safe place. Some of us are more interested in Science and others more into Engineering, I’m not that interested in Engineering but I do enjoy learning about it and seeing other Club members’ viewpoints on it.
If you could say anything to your future self, what would it be?
Give back to the people that have helped you. I want to do something with Biology when I’m older, so if everything goes well and I’m where I want to be, I want to give back to, for example, my parents and my brother who have helped me so much.
In terms of your future, what are your next steps?
Well, hopefully going into sixth form. I was thinking of a T-Level, being a lab technician, or maybe a BTEC in Human Biology. I really enjoy learning about Science, and I also enjoy thinking about how what I’m learning could impact the future. Like, thinking about possible solutions for diseases and problems, and things like that.
At Higher Horizons+ Science&Engineering Saturday Club, sessions allow young people to experience exciting and varied scientific disciplines. Saturdays are fun and relaxed while also allowing Club members to learn about the breadth of Science&Engineering courses on offer at Higher Education. Club members also take part in national events including Masterclasses with leading industry professionals and the Summer Show, where Saturday Clubs nationwide exhibit their work in a public exhibition – all for free!