2018 is the Year of Engineering

2018 is the Year of Engineering, a National campaign, governed by The UK Space Agency. As a STEM provider, The 1851 Trust and Land Rover BAR have signed up as partners to the initiative. The 1851 Trust hosted 30 pupils from Carisbrooke College on the Isle of Wight for a hands-on STEM workshop – Marvellous Mechanisms; incorporating: physics, design and technology.

The year-long campaign will tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession through increasing awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers.

Land Rover BAR’s Team Principle Sir Ben Ainslie, members of the Land Rover BAR Design Team and BAE System’s Head of Engineering Amelia Gould who is also a STEM Ambassador were on hand to inspire the pupils during their session.

Carisbrooke College Science Teacher, Charlie Dunford, explained: “Through students attending the 1851 Trust’s sessions, we have noticed an increase in pupils choosing STEM subjects.”

Elissa Gilbert, 11, left inspired by the session, commenting: “I don’t really like science at school, but this session has been more enjoyable than I thought. We got an insight into what it’s really like to design a boat from the Design Engineers, which was an amazing experience. I now want to be an engineer!”

Beverly Smith, 1851 Trust Education Manager, added: “Our sessions put what the children learn at school into a real-life context in line with the National Curriculum. The UK needs 186,000 engineers by 2024 and we hope that these sessions we provide are able to change pupil’s perception on STEM careers; through experiencing hands on activities in a different environment to a classroom.”

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