The Art of Engineering 2019
With the aim of inspiring children to become the engineers of the future, we delivered a term-long STEM project called ‘The Art of Engineering’ culminating in a science fair day and exhibition. Over 1,100 Year 5 pupils from 15 of our schools participated in the project which combined science and creative thinking to address the needs and capabilities of pupils at Waverley School, or others within the local school community.
The project culminated in a two-day science fair at Chace Community School. Over 200 Year 5 pupils attended day one which was supported by Year 9 Ambassadors from Chace. Pupils enjoyed a carousel of activities including robot wars, laboratory sessions, Kingston University’s Lab in a Lorry, a programming workshop with TfL, a torch making activity from IET and meeting STEM Ambassadors from a range of organisations. Pupils presented their projects to a panel of STEM Ambassadors helping to develop their communications skills and promote teamwork. Pupils presenting their projects clearly demonstrated an increased understanding of the needs of others and demonstrated how engineering can have a positive impact on those within our local community. Prizes were awarded to the top three projects.
Day two delivered a STEM careers fair for over 230 Year 10 and Year 12 Chace students and 120 Year 6 primary pupils. Students participated in a speed networking event meeting professionals from a broad spectrum of STEM backgrounds including scientists, engineers, radiotherapists and investment bankers. Students also had the opportunity to engage in robot wars and visit Kingston University’s Lab in a Lorry.
We could not have delivered such a successful project without the support of the following organisations. We offer a huge thank you to:
Our sponsors - The Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Metaswitch.
Our supporters - Robotics Workshops for Schools, Warburtons, STEM Learning, The Big Bang London, TfL and Kingston University plus a wealth of STEM judges from a range of organisations.
Click here for photos of the event.
Images courtesy of Ethan Salmons
Click here to download an overview of the science project's impact on pupils.
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