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Mark your calendar for British Science Week!

Start planning for British Science Week! Primary Engineer’s fully-funded whole-school STEM competition is perfect for the 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.

British Science Week

British Science Week is an annual event that celebrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across the United Kingdom. Organised by the British Science Association, the week-long initiative aims to engage people of all ages in various science-related activities, events, and discussions. It provides a platform for scientists, educators, and the public to come together, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the importance of science in our daily lives. British Science Week encompasses a wide range of activities, from school-based projects to community events, promoting curiosity, exploration, and involvement in the world of science. We are here to help teachers across the UK celebrate this important initiative.

Who is Primary Engineer?

Primary Engineer serves as a valuable resource for teachers, providing practical support and a range of programs to enrich classroom learning. With a focus on inspiring future engineers and innovators, the organisation offers educators access to hands-on projects and challenges. Dedicated to fostering creativity and critical thinking, Primary Engineer plays a significant role in shaping the educational landscape and preparing students for the opportunities in design and technology.

STEM Competition

Open to all schools in the UK, this UK-wide competition which asks pupils aged 3 – 19 ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ is a great way to introduce your pupils to the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

So, what does the competition entail?

What does it involve?

Pupils are tasked with interviewing an engineer (arranged by Primary Engineer), where they get a better understanding of what engineering is, the career pathways involved as well as the opportunity to ask the questions that matter to them. The interview gives pupils the inspiration to come up with their own engineering ideas to a problem they identify whether that’s a problem relatable to themselves, their community or the world around them. The cross-curricular competition asks pupils to draw and annotate a solution to the problem whilst also writing a persuasive letter to tell the inspiring engineer about their solution and why it should be brought to life.

What are the benefits?

The competition boosts pupils’ confidence in the classroom as every single pupil who takes part is recognised with a personalised graded certificate, with all entries that are submitted being read and graded by professional engineers. Entries are graded based on the quality of the idea, not the art skills or spelling of the letter so is suitable for all pupils regardless of academic ability and educational needs. In addition to fostering confidence in the classroom, the competition provides a unique opportunity for students to receive personalised recognition. Every participant, regardless of academic ability or educational needs, is acknowledged for their efforts.

Pupils build lasting memories at our regional exhibitions and awards ceremonies where their amazing, joyous and innovative ideas are showcased and celebrated.

Thanks to the support from Primary Engineer’s National and Regional Partners, the competition is fully-funded and free to all schools.

When you register on their website, it unlocks access to cross-curricular lesson plans, pupil log-books, guides and curriculum mappings to help you teach STEM easily with a flexible approach in the classroom.

How do we get involved?

Simply register for free on the website here: