To mark British Science Week, a programme to attract young people into engineering careers is being extended to primary schools, Education Minister Kirsty Williams has announced today.
The Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) currently undertakes activities to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers to high school students.
The scheme is being made available to children under 11 and at schools in East Wales. The activities for young people include developing skills in software design and digital manufacturing and meeting industry role models to encourage children to pursue science qualifications.
The scheme also includes activities which promote STEM subjects among young women and challenge gender stereotypes.
Kirsty Williams said:
Some of Engineering Education Scheme Wales’ activities include:
A competition where teams of pupils design and manufacture CO2-powered F1 racing cars using computer design software. The learners develop their knowledge of physics, aerodynamics, design and manufacturing in a practical and imaginative way, as well as skills such as leadership and teamwork.
This initiative aims to encourage female pupils to take an active interest in STEM subjects prior to making their GCSE choices. Visits are arranged for groups of pupils to a company in Wales or university department. Companies hosting visits currently include Ford, Wafer Fab, Safran Seats, Viridor, Sony and BT.
A team-based activity to construct and programme a LEGO robot to complete aviation-themed missions and solve other engineering problems.
Residential courses to give students the opportunity to spend time at an Engineering, Product Design or Computing Department at university prior to submitting their UCAS application.
The Challenge is a chance to inspire young minds to become engineers by designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible.