Inspire! is celebrating after receiving a £5000 grant from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The grant will enable Inspire! to introduce hundreds of local primary school children to engineering as part of iDiscover, a week-long programme which brings STEM subjects and jobs to life.
The Engineering Education Grant Scheme, which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and careers awareness.
Lucinda Worlock, Programme Manager at Inspire! said: “We are so excited and grateful to the EEGS for the grant. It means we can offer some really exciting workshops to schools taking part in the programme as well as purchase more cutting edge resources to engage young children in STEM.”
Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “iDiscover is a fantastic example of the kind of projects the EEGS scheme aims to promote. The UK is facing a critical engineering skills shortage and showing young people how creative and exciting engineering can be is a key way of inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.”
David Lakin, Head of Education at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates and apprentices to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children – girls as well as boys – are attracted to, and choose to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The IET is investing considerable resource in EEGS to support vital projects like iDiscover, which highlight the exciting, creative and rewarding world of engineering careers to young people.”
If your school is interested in finding out more about work-related learning for primary pupils, get in touch with our primary team.