PUPILS from Consett Academy were among 200 young people to explore STEM career options in a day of activities.

The school was one of 11 to take part in the part in the STEM-tastic event at Virgin Money's offices in Gosforth.

A variety of businesses ran interactive workshops for 11 to 13-year-olds to raise awareness of potential Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers in the region.

The workshops covered topics like bee conservation, how technology has reduced rhino poaching and robotics.

Claire Collins, teacher at Consett Academy, said: “STEM events like this are enrichment opportunities for the children which is important insight into what the future can hold if they want to progress a career in STEM. Having the variety of companies provide activities gives the children a broad feel for STEM careers, raising their aspirations and interest.”

Carol Harrison, from the Regional Technology Centre North, which held the event in partnership with 17 employers and the North East STEM Ambassadors Hub, said: “The STEM-tastic event was an amazing opportunity for students and their teachers to really understand what the North East tech sector has to offer young people. This is industry at its best coming together to inspire the next generation in STEM related careers.”