Primary Engineer – Caterpillar UK
On the 22nd September 2015, teachers from five primary schools in Leicestershire attended a Primary Engineer training event at Caterpillar, supported by Redmoor Academy.
Primary Engineer training events give teachers the skills, resources and confidence to lead a practical STEM project with a whole class of children. Through training the teachers, Primary Engineer can have a lasting impact within the school as more children partake in the projects year on year - allowing them to widen their career aspirations through engaging with STEM.
Supporting the teachers on the training day were engineers from Caterpillar, all of whom have now linked to a school and will continue to support the teachers as they carry out the Primary Engineer project in the classroom. An engineering presence in the classroom not only provides the children with great stories and expert knowledge; it also raises the profile of engineering as a career option.
Developing the relationship between education and industry is an essential part of any STEM initiative. This relationship provides schools with the opportunity to explore STEM themes in real-world contexts and also allows teaching professionals to better understand the educational demands of industry, shaping their practice accordingly.
All the teachers attending the training couldn’t wait to take their newfound skills back to the classroom, and we’re very excited to see the outcomes when they return with teams of children to take part in a celebration event in 2016.
On Friday 5th June 2015 Babcock collaborated with Primary Engineer Programmes to celebrate 100 years of engineering excellence through a Regional Final event at Rosyth Dockyard. 13 schools brought 65 children to showcase their fantastic vehicle designs, all soundly underpinned by engineering principles.
Susan Scurlock, CEO of Primary Engineer and Dr. Peter Hughes OBE, Chairman of the Advisory Board, presented certificates of participation and Archie Bethel CBE, Chief Executive of the Marine and Technology Division at Babcock, presented the magnificent Babcock-designed winner and runner-up trophies.
Primary Engineer continue to be amazed by the creativity of the pupils, keep up the good work!