Kirklees students tackle primary engineer challenge
Thousands of children have taken part in a new project called Primary Engineer.
The project puts engineering at the heart of their learning, by bringing schools and engineers together.
They then make science, maths and technology interesting – by using engineering as the ‘wow factor’.
Over twenty Kirklees schools have taken part in Primary Engineer since the start of the year.
Primary Engineer also gives high-quality training to teachers, who then make learning come alive by using engineering in the classroom.
The schools work with engineers from local businesses who bring practical support to the classroom. They then help raise the profile of engineering as a future career path for young people.
Primary Engineer celebration event
At the end of the project a celebration event and competition was held.
Students raced model cars they had designed as part of the scheme. They also pitched their designs to real engineers and explained how they arrived at and built their cars.
The runners-up and winners in each category then went to the Northern Region Primary Engineer Celebration Event in Burnley on 12 July.
Lindley Junior School’s entry “The Mystery Machine” was the runner-up in the Engineer Level 2 category. This is a fantastic achievement for the school and the staff and pupils who took part..
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Skills and Jobs, said:
“Kirklees is a renowned centre of engineering and manufacturing and is home to many innovative and world class engineering businesses.
“We are delighted that our schools and businesses are coming together with the support of the Primary Engineer team to inspire a generation of young people and get them involved in real-life engineering projects.”
Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member for Schools and Learning, said:
“I am delighted at the success of this scheme so far. Our schools already do a huge amount of great work in giving children the best possible start in life.
“This project makes science, maths, technology and engineering come alive for children and encourages them to gain the skills they need for their education and, ultimately, the world of work.”
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineering Employers Federation, Kirklees College and local businesses were all involved.