STEM Celebration Day on Friday 23rd of June (International Women in Engineering Day) 10.00-12.00 at the V&A
140 primary school children will join our celebration at the V&A. There will be stalls with engineering activities from our funded ‘Engineering the Curriculum’ project and a panel of engineers.
The Project: Engineering the curriculum: inspiring the next generation of engineers, School of Science and Engineering (UoD) in partnership with the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers – Scotland (AFBE) and funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering
The project aimed to look at potential solutions for the lack of young people taking up engineering courses. Reasons for this include low confidence of schoolteachers in teaching engineering-related topics, skewed perception on who is ‘right’ for STEM, misconceptions around the role and relevance of engineers to society, the absence of an enabling environment for pupils, especially those from areas with high multiple deprivation indices, and lack of role-models to inspire pupils.
We worked together with engineering professionals, students and schoolteachers in Dundee to develop a range of practical engineering activities, framed around curriculum requirements. All activities were supported by expert advice and combined into a website and library containing demonstration kits, supporting videos and diverse engineer profiles (things like VR kits, robotic kits etc). Schools will be able to borrow the kits for showcasing engineering technology using hands-on activities. this project will make engineering technology and role-models accessible for pupils in Dundee and inspire them to harness their potential.