We are very fortunate to have been selected to take part in an Engineering Project organised by one of Prince Charles' charities. The project was launched with a conference that Mrs Davison attended. We will keep you updated with future developments, as we are very excited about the possibilities for our children and the children of Burnley as a result of this initiative!
Burnley Engineering Awareness Conference.
50 delegates met at the University Technical College in Burnley. The delegates represented primary schools, local engineering businesses and engineering support organisations.
The aims of the conference were;
- To highlight what is already happening in terms of encouraging young people in engineering and STEM and identify ways in which schools and employers can engage with and build on these
- To bring together primary schools, STEM employers and others to consider the importance of STEM skills, both for individuals’ personal growth and the UK economy, and identify ways of ensuring all young people benefit from great STEM experiences whatever their age
- To raise awareness of career opportunities locally and nationally requiring STEM skills, including technician and apprentice, as well as graduate routes
- To showcase existing examples of good practice taking place between local schools and employers
- To identify ‘next steps’ to embed better support for STEM subjects within primary schools across Burnley
We will be taking part in the Primary Engineer Project again this year, hoping to experience the same successes that we did last year. Mrs Higginson (KS2) and Mrs Cock (KS1) will be delivering the activities through our Enrichment afternoons, each week. During these sessions, children will experience the basic principles of engineering; being faced with a problem, finding possible solutions, researching existing products, developing designs, testing and evaluating. They will also enhance their collaborative skills by working closely together in teams and discuss possible solutions to problems that they face. This will also encourage our children to develop their skills of perseverance and encourage them to become more resilient.
Have a look at some of the photos from last year's competition below.
The whole school will be taking part in the 'Primary Engineer - Leaders Award' this year! We experienced great success last year with many children having their ideas recognised and shortlisted by a panel of local engineers. Tanisha Jannath was one of 12 winners from Burnley, from a total of over 2000 entries from this area alone!
Have a look at Tanisha's unique idea below.
Year 5 will be taking part in the 'Fly to the Line' project again this year with the Royal Air Force. We had amazing experiences throughout the project last year and reached the final at RAF Cosford in Wolverhampton! We are aiming to go one step further this year and bring the winners trophy to back to school. Good luck Year 5!