A Big Success for the Big Beam In

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DETI Inspire hosted a series of online engineering engagement events last week as part of British Science Week celebrations, and we’re pleased to say it was a big success!

The Big Beam In connected 54 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.

A key theme for these sessions was challenging common stereotypes and myths about engineering, and this was achieved through live interactions with real-life local engineers, a new set of curriculum linked teaching resources and the 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.

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!

Future Engineers, inspired by the Engineering Curiosity card set and teaching resources

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

Science Week was certainly very different this year but as always, we were amazed by the adaptability and dedication shown by our teachers, schools and engineering ambassadors. Everyone involved worked hard to make these 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.

Thank you so much for joining us for our assembly on Friday. The children got a lot out of it. It’s been very tricky co-ordinating Science Week this year with us not knowing whether we would be open, but it was good to have had something planned from the outset!

Lucy, Year 3 Teacher and Science Lead at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy

And it seems our engineering ambassadors had a lot of fun too!

I enjoyed taking part. I’ve done some STEM events before but up until now I’ve never had the time to present to schools during the day. The virtual format made that possible this time. As much as I dislike lockdown, it does have its silver linings!” – Adam, Acoustic Engineer

Thank you for organising the Big Beam In event, it was so much fun this morning!

Krystina, Senior Flight Systems Engineer

If you would like to know more about DETI Inspire and the STEM outreach opportunities available for schools, local communities and engineers, please get in touch with the team at deti@uwe.ac.uk


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.

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