Medical Mavericks visit Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy were thrilled to receive a visit from Medical Mavericks for a science workshop with a difference.

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Students in Years 9 and 10 at the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust, took part in the workshop as part of the school’s Aimhigher programme, designed to get students thinking about future career opportunities.

Medical Mavericks deliver careers, stem and sports science enrichment experiences for schools with truly hands-on workshops. With the aim of inspiring students to make more informed decisions about their career and lifestyle choices, they want to open the door to the world around the students they see.

They went along to Ormiston Sandwell to introduce students to the many careers within the NHS and give them the chance to test out real-life medical equipment. Students enjoyed practical experiences including using an ultrasound machine to see inside their own body, recording and printing an ECG from their heart, using a real needle to take blood from a fake arm, seeing inside the eye with an iPhone retina scan and taking basic medical observations like blood pressure, oxygen and temperature.

Marie McMahon, Executive Principal at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said:

"This was a fantastic opportunity for our Year 9 and 10 students to get them thinking about what a medical career might be like and try their hand at something new. The students were completely engaged, and I am confident that all of them got something out of the session.

"We’d like to thank Medical Mavericks for providing such a hands-on experience and we look forward to providing many more similar enrichment opportunities at Ormiston Sandwell throughout the term."