EngineeringUK has released a free guide for schools, helping to deliver outreach programmes to inform young people about the possibilities of an engineering career.
The guide, entitled ‘Getting the message across’, encourages STEM professionals and ambassadors to plan inspiring and impactful activities by providing real-world examples of engineering.
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Real-world examples can then be aligned to what students are already learning in school. Suggestions in the guide include making links between the skills involved in subjects such as maths, science, D&T, computing, geography, art and languages, and job roles in the engineering sector.
Gemma Taylor, technology CPD lead at STEM Learning UK, said: “When running inspirational engineering activities for young people we need to make sure that the content supports the learning taking place in schools and colleges.
“‘Getting the message across’ is provides additional support to the thousands of STEM ambassadors that are working every week to inspire young people and illustrate the wide range of careers available in engineering.”
When running inspirational engineering activities for young people we need to make sure that the content supports the learning taking place in schools and colleges.
– Gemma Taylor, STEM Learning UK
The guide has been created with the support of Tomorrow’s Engineers Careers Working Group, and helps to reinforce what makes an impactful talk or activity, including which factors motivate students when thinking about a career.
Research from Tomorrow’s Engineers Week has found that 90% of young people are looking for a career that tackles social issues, so examples of how engineering helps address issues such as renewable energy, disease cures, and tackling homelessness, could be of interest here.
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EngineeringUK also provides a work experience guide for companies to help plan an inclusive work experience or placement for those interested in learning more about the day-to-day work of engineers.
‘Getting the message across’ can be views and downloaded for free at https://www.engineeringuk.com/media/156149/top-tips-for-delivering-engineering-activities.pdf