The Tees Valley Engineering Spark

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.

Ironstone Trust Engineering Bridges Together

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. 

At a time of maximum insecurity, this really does feel like Engineering Together.Check out the wonderful bridges the Year 4s at Normanby School made at home with what they have at

Welcome to STEM at Home

Welcome to our new blog which was inspired by the desire to keep people busy (students, parents, teachers, volunteer engineers) during the current lock in.  

We are considering this as an opportunity to make the most of our time having fun whilst learning together with those at home.

Volunteers can use their Gift of Time knowing they are creating something which is both meaningful in the short term and leaves a lasting legacy.

Our Engineering Together volunteers have worked to bring this blog which will select activities suitable to do at home with accompanying short videos to show you how to do it.

We want people to share their experiences and send us what they have created or share their thoughts on what they have done.

There are lots of other ideas on STEM/Fun At Home page for those who wish to make their own adventures.  Let us know how you get on or indeed do your own video clip to share with others