Engineering Together are pleased to be working closely with the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration to help develop their great work into activities for people to TRY AT HOME.
Paula, our Chair, has been involved in the development of videos to accompany activities, and is the first video contributor.Check out this series at www.ciec.org.uk/industry-at-home.html, which is set to increase in activities over time.
Today marked the end of the Tees Valleys Engineering Week which is the latest in a series of home resources on the excellent Spark Tees Valley website. We agree with Spark Tees Valley that “More than anything the Tees Valley was built on its engineering excellence. From the birth of the Iron and Steel industry and now the growth in digital. Engineering isn’t just about making things. It includes innovation”. So feel free to use these resources our others on our website to Spark interest in the new STEM generation.
How could we have known? When we engaged last year with the Ironstone Trust of Primary schools on a bridge-and-gazebo-building project, no-one could foresee that within a few months every student’s home would have to become a school as well.
At Engineering Together we have worked directly with over 200 local children, Yr4 and Yr5, alongside many teaching staff. We’ve introduced some basic creative construction experiences (marshmallows and spaghetti-based) as well a bit of background and theory. We’ve explored the nature and history of the first likely home for one of our real bridges – Ormesby Hall.
Now, the team has ploughed on instead of giving up. Students are working at home on bridge-builds, taking the next steps – some ambitious, all filled with thought and imagination. Staff, students, families and the technical professions are building bridges actual and symbolic for the future. Trying things out, improving, trying again – the heart of any design process – with enthusiasm and enjoyment.