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 Tomorrow's Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The INSTITUTION OF PRIMARY ENGINEERS (IPrimEng) and
The INSTITUTION OF SECONDARY ENGINEERS (ISecEng)
Launched on the 21st of July at the House of Lords.
Hosted by the Baroness Wall of New Barnet
Pupils from St Georges Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School and St Maxentius CE Primary School in Bolton will mix with Chief Executives, Directors and engineers from top UK companies at the House of Lords on Monday 21st July to discuss how important engineering is to them!
Guests listened to the speakers, Terry Scuoler the CEO of the Manufactures’ Organisation talk of the importance of skills to the UK and its importance to their member companies. Archie Bethel Executive Director of Babcock International spoke with regards to Babcock engineers who have engaged in the programme working with schools in Scotland. Mark Hunt the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, as the youngest president since Telford spoke of the importance of catching the imaginations of children as early as possible.
Janet Mckinlay presented the view from the primary school where the Institution has succeeded in capturing the imagination of her pupils, a number of which accompanied her on the day.
Susan Scurlock rounded the speeches by asking for companies to recognise the Institutions as a way to engage with schools, nurturing and inspiring young people with and to engineering. She asked for companies to engage from the top down, with senior management identifying the programme, its links to engineers and the development framework designed for pupils to progress against competencies as a way to develop engineers for the future.
The three primary schools have been the first to pilot the Institution of Primary Engineers enabling pupils to become members of the institution by engaging with engineering as part of the curriculum, interviewing and working with engineers. Toby Clark, Lauren Quigley, Robert Slack, Charlotte Berne, Holly Sherlock, Elliot George, Susie Dale, Joel Burgess and James Kay are the first pupils to gain the post-nominal abbreviations M.IPrimEng after their names and will, over the next years in primary school collect and evidence further engagement with engineering heading towards chartership.
Whilst the Institution of Primary Engineers and The Institution of Secondary Engineers are new programmes they have been designed with two things in mind - to enable schools to coordinate, plan, record and evaluate their pupil’s engagement with STEM and to encourage and support the engineers of the future.
Each school will have an Institution committee comprised of teachers, engineers and pupils; together they will plan the STEM activities giving engineers a role within the school and the opportunity for teachers to work with professionals from the engineering world.
Launch Detail: 21st July 2014 the official launch of the Institutions of Primary Engineers and The Institutions of Secondary Engineers hosted by Baroness Wall of New Barnet at the House of Lords in London. The event was supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Primary Engineer.
Founding Founders: Primary Engineer, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and WEIR Group
Organisations and companies at the launch: Air Liquide SA, AMEC, ARUP, Babcock International, Bank of Scotland, Basildon Excellence Panel, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, CLOCH Solicitors, COGENT, Combustion, Engines & Fuels Group (Ford), Design and Technology Association, Diodes, EEF The Manufacturers’ Organisation, Energy Institute, Engineered Capabilities Ltd, Expedition Engineering, Ford, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, GE Oil & Gas, Glaxo Smith Kline, Glyndwr University, IESIS, Imperial College London, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hyspec Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Lighting Professionals, Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, Institution of Royal Engineers, Jacobs Engineering, King’s College London, London Overground, MBDA, Meggitt Polymers and Composites, MICG, Natural Environment Research Council, Nissan, NTR, OCR, OFSTED, Oldham Association of Secondary Heads and Principals, Oldham Business Leadership Group, Philips WRTL Lighting, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Scottish Life Sciences, SEMTA, Siemens UK, Society of Operations Engineers, Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd, STEMNET, Strathclyde University, Swietelsky, Thames Water, The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, The Falcon Project, The GM, The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Prince’s Charities, The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, The Weir Group plc, TMS CAD Center, Train’d Up, University of Huddersfield, Wattcraft Ltd, Wellcome, WSP Group.