Science Week Success!

Science Week Success!

19 Mar 2021

Science Week was certainly very different this year but as always, we were amazed by the adaptability and dedication shown by our local teachers, schools and STEM Ambassadors.

Everyone involved in the Big Beam In for British Science Week event worked hard to make the online sessions the best they could be, providing children in the region an opportunity to share and celebrate science together during their first week back at school after a long lockdown.

The Big Beam In connected over 50 primary and secondary schools from across the region with local engineering ambassadors, providing an opportunity to engage over 3500 pupils with engineering careers in the West of England.

Sessions were themed on challenging common stereotypes and myths about engineering, using live interactions with real-life local engineers, our new set of curriculum linked teaching resources and the wonderfully diverse Engineering Curiosity card set.

Kings Oak Academy Primary and Secondary school had a lovely surprise when their classes were joined by engineers who were the inspiration behind two of the cards in the new engineering top trump set!

Krystina and Fidel were able to meet the children (virtually!) and talk about their roles and engineering experiences.

And children from Cathedral Primary School in Bristol were inspired to design their own inventions after their Big Beam In session with Mechanical Engineer James, who spoke about his PhD and working with robotics, electronics and a big dose of lake science!

‘Draw an engineer’, one of the worksheet tasks from the Engineering Curiosity teaching resource packs

Our engineer (James) was excellent. The children were really interested to hear about the projects he has worked on and what his role as an engineer is. They were able to ask him lots of questions and were inspired to design their own inventions after the session!

Becky, Teacher at Cathedral Primary School Bristol

If you are a school looking to connect with local engineers, or if you are an engineer who would like to take part in outreach within your community, contact our team at curiosityconnections@uwe.ac.uk