We work with groups of young people – either in school settings or more informally – to give them practical experience of engineering problems. We aim to inspire them and encourage them to find out more.
How we are putting engineers in the classroom
As part of our commitment to inspiring the next generation of engineers, we offer schools and colleges various opportunities to invite professional engineers to speak to STEM students.
Classroom visits are an effective way to demonstrate the exciting nature of engineering. We have a range of initiatives across the country for children aged five and upwards, which ensure that pupils get a memorable hands-on experience.
STEM ambassadors from local businesses meet young people and help them build a picture of what it’s like to work in industry. They can speak to children, conduct an experiment, judge a school STEM competition or even help at a careers fair. Bloodhound SSC ambassadors use the unique Bloodhound supersonic car to reach out to young people.
Primary Engineer is an ongoing initiative to encourage UK primary school children to develop their designing and making skills and find the path to becoming a future engineer. You can read more on the Primary Engineer website.
And finally, Inspiring the Future connects 8,600 teachers from more than 1,000 primary and most state secondary schools & colleges with over 23,000 volunteers. They have pledged to give one hour a year to speak to young people about their engineering job, career and the educational route they took. You can read more on the Inspiring the Future website.
If you are a Member involved in engineering activities with a group, school or club that works with children in primary of secondary education, you may be able to apply for our Schools and Clubs Engineering Challenge Award. Members can apply for a grant up to £2,000 for expenses to support a project or activity.