• Our Vision Primary Engineer
    Our Vision Primary Engineer
  • Primary Engineer STEM by STEALTH
    Primary Engineer STEM by STEALTH
  • Making Engineers for the future
    Making Engineers for the future

For two days last November Babcock International at Rosyth played host to 31 teachers from 20 primary schools across Fife. Business and engineering graduates worked alongside directors and senior managers helping primary and a few secondary teachers design and build vehicles that would later be the challenge to their students. Engineers from other Fife companies, FMC Technologies, Smith Anderson, EDV Ltd and Fife Fabrication also attended the training day working with schools local to their sites.

Fife Council have identified Primary Engineer as a partner in bringing STEM and importantly engineering into the classroom and we are looking forward to working with more Fife schools in the very near future.

On 5th June Babcock will host the East Coast Primary Engineer Regional Final as part of their 100 years at Rosyth Celebrations. Children from Aberdeen, Falkirk, Dundee, Edinburgh and Fife will gather to see who has designed the best vehicles and Trophies designed and made by Babcock Apprentices will be presented by Archie Bethel Executive Director of Babcock Group.


Carol Ann Knight HR Director for Energy and Marine Technology said:

‘Early attraction into engineering is a long term strategy of Babcocks, and Primary Engineer ticks all our boxes in relation to early year’s engagement, both in primary and secondary schools.  The added advantage for us is that Primary Engineer is aligned to the professional bodies (accredited Institution of Primary and Secondary Engineers respectively with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers).  This enables students and employees alike to assess a student’s engineering competence against a standard through to chartered status.  This vehicle also helps Babcock deliver our commitment to our corporate social responsibility work through the schools in the communities in which we work. In addition Primary Engineer actively demonstrates in supporting the UK drive for STEM subjects in early careers.’

Many thanks again to Fife Council, Babcock International Rosyth, FMC Technologies, Smith Anderson, EDV Ltd and Fife Fabrication for a great day.



Our Vision and Key Programmes

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005. Our aim is to encourage young people to consider careers in STEM related professions.

We believe that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are key subjects in securing positive opportunities and career paths for future generations, and that this begins in Primary school.

'STEM by stealth' was coined by a teacher after attending a Primary Engineer course. It summarises our work exactly: practically applying Mathematics and Science to design and make activities, leaving both children and teachers inspired. Our work is supported by industry, education and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Our Vision
Our vision is that children, both girls and boys, will aspire to become designers and makers from a very early age. The engineers of the future.

What do Primary Engineer offer?
We offer Primary schools a way to deliver practical Mathematics and Science to Design Technology activities. The class projects are aimed at each year group, mapped to the curriculum, and designed to inspire and enthuse. Programmes include teacher training, interactive and paper-based resources, and regional and national competitions. All projects are linked to practicing engineers to provide a real-world context to the project. Find out more


News Flash!

The Leaders Award for STEM 

The Leaders Award for STEM is a fun and rewarding way of finding out about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

We ask pupils to research engineering and interview a practising engineer about their work, career and how STEM based subjects have helped the engineer on their career path.

Throughout the year, the Leaders Award for STEM run Special Awards that asks the question, 'If you were an engineer - what would you do?" Students answer, annotate and illustrate their inventions and designs after meeting and interviewing an engineer. The Special Awards culminate in an exhibition of the entries that is open to everyone.

This year Special Awards are:

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award

Open to both primary and secondary students in Scotland, this award has been running for 3 years. This year's award has over 9,000 students registered from over 100 schools. The exhibition will be held at the prestigious Barony Hall at Strathclyde University Glasgow. The exhibition will be open to the public 6-7th of June 2015.

South East England Special Leaders Award

To celebrate 50 years of the Department of Engineering and Design at the University of Sussex, we are challenging Primary and Secondary pupils in South East England to tell us what they would do if they could be an engineer! They will need to research local engineering achievements, interview an engineer and then draw and annotate their engineered ideas. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the University of Sussex on the 4-5th of July 2015.

Visit www.leadersaward.com to take part in these exciting award or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

primaryengineer RT @KcpLtdUK: @ICE_engineers lots of good works with @EDTScotland @primaryengineer in Scotland developing interest with all ages.#STEM
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