Young people were able to find out more about careers in science and maths in Blackburn.

The 'Your Future in STEM' event was hosted by the charity IMO in collaboration with Blackburn College.

It was part of the diversity in STEM initiative, which aims to ‘ignite the spark of curiosity' among young people, and the wider community, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

A total of 20 organisations including The Making Rooms, the Institute of Physics, Lancaster University, Hyett Education and The Association of Guilds of Weavers hosted stalls at the event.

IMO's Senior Girls, Senior Boys, and Social Action groups were on hand to support people.

Attendees were able to delve into the magical realms of the Harry Potter themed lab and recreate the infamous traps from Home Alone.

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Head of youth employment, Sabbir Musa, said: Events like these are critical in encouraging and opening doors for young people to consider opportunities in STEM.

"There was a great buzz around the place with young volunteers helping on the day and it was also a pleasure to welcome the exhibitors who gave useful insight into their work through chatting to young people.

"The interactive workshops were enthralling and well attended.”

Curriculum leader sixth form and lead lecturer, Amin Ahmad, said: The event was busy but steady continuously.

"It was clear members of the community also appreciated the brilliant work you are doing both with encouraging girls to enter STEM and working with their youngsters.

"The young people you work with were a credit to you and your team, they were very well mannered, smiling throughout and attentive to the guests on the day.”

Project co-ordinator, Nazarana Yusuf, added: “It has been an honour to be part of passionate team driving the vision to pave a way to a better future for all young people.

"Heartfelt thank you to Ironmongers' Foundation for funding this rewarding project and helping to unleash the power of STEAM, and Material Science.”

The IMO charity said it will soon be launching a unique Youth Employment Programme with will support young people from Key stage 4 age in school over a three year period through mentoring and providing practical experience.