In April, I was pleased to be able to support a great initiative, Primary Engineer.
Set up to encourage STEM careers, or at least an interest in STEM subjects, Primary Engineer challenges primary school children (and now expanded into older age groups) to think about and then present ideas for new technology. This initiative is entitled “If You Were An Engineer What Would You Do”.
In most cases, an engineer has visited a school to answer the children’s questions and to help advise on what might be possible. On the back of this, the children are asked to come up with new inventions and present what problems these address and how these could be made. These are then sent for grading by region with some ideas being shortlisted for national review and one being chosen to actually being built.
So my involvement was on a grading day at Southampton University. It was fun to see into the minds of the future generations, on what they consider important problems to tackle and how to go about this. There are some excellent ideas out there as well as some humourous ones (a Teasmade anyone?).
So if you want to know more, look up Primary Engineers and Leaders Awards (www.primaryengineer.com, twitter @leadersaward)