Nearly 900 primary school children across Bristol took part in the University of the West of England’s Engineering and Society challenge in November.
45 student engineers from the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics partnered with 30 student teachers from the Department of Education and Childhood Studies in order to share their knowledge, then the cross-disciplinary groups were given the challenge of running a whole day of engineering activities in schools.
The children came from 28 classes in 8 different schools and ranged in age from 8 to 11 years old. Ashton Gate, Bannerman Road, Fonthill, Illminster Avenue, Meadowbrook, Hambrook, Shield Road and Victoria Park primary schools were all partners in the project.
The activities included making a working vacuum cleaner, building a floating platform, and flying a paper glider over 3m.
The children have now all completed the first stage of the Leaders Award, and have been left with the challenge, ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’. Watch this space to find out!
The day of activities forms part of the UWE student’s Engineering and Society module, which they take as part of the 3rd level of their engineering degrees. Read more about the module here: https://blogs.uwe.ac.uk/science-communication/engineering-in-society-new-module-for-engineering-citizenship/