Children enjoy taste of engineering in action

August 16 2016

PUPILS at May Park Primary School in Eastville have been enjoying a hands-on taste of engineering.

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PUPILS at May Park Primary School in Eastville have been enjoying a hands-on taste of engineering.

The children, aged from eight to 11, worked with UWE and tool manufacturer Yamazaki Mazak UK to understand the mechanics of engineering through real world experience.

With funding from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering, the project brought trainee primary school teachers together with engineering apprentices to lead activities at the school.

The apprentices and trainee teachers prepared activities that the children completed during a one-day challenge. 

Through building mini-vacuum cleaners, testing floating platforms and exploring flight, the children learnt about the skills, challenges and excitement of engineering.

In a follow-on event, pupils will visit the European Technology Centre at Mazak’s European headquarters in Worcester to see real engineering in action and present their work to staff at the company.

The project draws on previous UWE Bristol collaborative projects, EU Engineer and Children as Engineers, to enhance primary education through real world experience and contact with professionals.

Dr Corra Boushel, from UWE’s science communication unit, said: “This project has a big impact on the children, who get to meet engineers and learn a huge amount through the activities. Importantly, it also gives the trainee teachers involved an opportunity to develop their knowledge of engineering and science, so that they can share this with future generations of school children after their degree at UWE Bristol. The apprentices develop their communication skills and get to share their enthusiasm with other professionals and children, so it’s a three-way-win.”