Launch of Bristol initiative to inspire kids in STEM!

Launch of Bristol initiative to inspire kids in STEM!

29 Jul 2020

With a commitment to inspire the next generation of engineers, the West of England’s new Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) initiative launched last week!

The Inspire branch of DETI, led by UWE Bristol, aims to address the nationwide skills and employment gap in engineering by championing science for children in the West of England. In order to appeal to under-represented groups and so increase diversity in the profession, DETI Inspire will particularly focus on breaking stereotypes and challenging perceptions about STEM careers.


Attitudes towards STEM are largely formed before age 11 – so DETI will broaden outreach efforts towards primary aged children.

Research has found that presenting engineering as a creative, collaborative profession, working towards socially conscious communal goals will have wider-spread appeal – so DETI is keen to contribute to the West of England’s sustainability and net zero goals.

What does this mean for Bristol STEM education?

UWE Bristol is establishing an Engineering Engagement Hub to coordinate engineering engagement for schools and families in the West of England. This will include:

  • mapping past engagement activities in the region to strategically plan future engagement
  • developing curriculum linked engagement activities to tour schools and run out of the Prototype and Play centre for public engagement at UWE Bristol’s Engineering Building. These engagement activities will include:
    • a touring activity kit that challenges children to use digital engineering tools to tackle sustainability challenges
    • public open events for families and schools
    • 6-week STEM club challenges
    • teacher CPD events to support and upskill
  • shaping a “Diversity Demonstrator” – a network of diverse engineering role models to champion engineering public engagement.

To find out more about DETI, please visit the official website  –

DETI is a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), delivered by the National Composites Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & SimulationDigital Catapult, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.