Nearly 900 primary school children across Bristol took part in our Engineering and Society challenge this week. The children came from 28 classes in eight different schools and ranged in age from 8 to 11 years old.
45 student engineers from the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics partnered with 30 student teachers from the Department of Education and Childhood Studies, seen here in training for the day of activities, in order to share their knowledge. The groups were given the challenge of running a whole day of engineering activities in schools.
Ashton Gate, Bannerman Road, Fonthill, Illminster Avenue, Meadowbrook, Hambrook, Shield Road and Victoria Park primary schools were all partners in the project. The day of activities forms part of the Engineering and Society module on Level 3 of the engineering degrees.
The activities included making a working vacuum cleaner, building a floating platform, and flying a paper glider over 3 m.
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!