The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and DE&S (part of the Ministry of Defence) have teamed up with Primary Engineer Programmes and launched the South West England Region’s Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders Award, a national engineering competition for schools
2018 is the Year of Engineering, a Government-led national campaign to increase awareness of what engineers do. UWE Bristol and the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation are the partner organisations of the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards taking place in the South West of England.
UWE Bristol will also host the South West competition awards and exhibition at the end of June to help promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools.
The competition aims at enabling school pupils to meet and learn from engineering students and professionals, before answering the question “If you were an engineer, what would you do?” by identifying a problem in society that engineering could solve and devising a solution. One winner’s design will then be selected and built by engineering students at UEW Bristol. Their aim will be to take the concept, develop the design and build it into a full-scale functioning prototype, giving the school children who entered the competition an insight into the process behind designing and manufacturing a product.
Shortlisted and winning entries from the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders Award submitted by primary and secondary school children will then be displayed at an exhibition at the University on 30 June. There will be two winners per year group and an overall winner. Laura Fogg-Rogers, who coordinated the event and is Senior Research Fellow in UWE Bristol’s Science Communication Unit said, “Engineers are highly creative people who can help to solve many of society’s problems. It’s a really collaborative profession, where you have to work together in teams to see your visions and designs come to fruition. The range of roles and careers is really diverse, and that’s what we’d like to emphasise to all young people, particularly girls. You can make your own mark in engineering!”
Schools can register for the Awards at www.leadersaward.com