Young bright sparks get into engineering

In a move to spark youngsters’ interest in engineering, East Ayrshire Council has teamed up with a trailblazing national organisation to bring a new educational programme into schools.

Pupils will work on design and make projects, supported by professional engineers from local industry who will offer a ‘real-world’ context for the learning, while acting as role models for the budding young scientists.

Primary Engineer, founded in 2005, already supports schools throughout the UK and will now be working with local pupils and teachers. They will help girls and boys from a very early age to aspire to become Scottish engineers of the future

Executive Director of Educational and Social Services Graham Short said: “The idea is to stimulate in children an interest in engineering, which will also lead to a new understanding of science subjects and mathematics”.

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Spokesperson for Lifelong Learning, said: “This exciting development brings a new dimension to linking schools and industry.

“The programme will be of long-term benefit to young people, as they approach an increasingly competitive jobs market in the future.”

Susan Scurlock, Primary Engineer Chief Executive, said:We believe that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are key subjects in securing positive opportunities and career paths for future generations – and that this begins in primary school.

“We look to provide a rich learning experience for pupils. Our Leaders Award scheme helps to bring professionals into the classroom to provide a link to the wider world and to encourage young people to take part in STEM activities”.

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