STEM | Celebrating Science & Engineering
Now in its second year, the Celebrating Science & Engineering programme has impacted
1500+ students | 54 Teachers | 28 Schools
LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL SCHOOL HOSTS THE CELEBRATORY EVENT ON
TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2019
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
Carl Zeiss Vision UK - ‘igniting interest in science’
The ZEISS Group, being wholly owned and managed by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, has the overarching principle of corporate social responsibility embedded at its core and is a contributing factor to its long-term success.
As per its responsibility as a foundation company, ZEISS actively promotes scientific and technological progress in its four segments and advocates for better living conditions worldwide through its business activities.
Lichfield Cathedral School - a hub for STEM learning in the Midlands, working in partnership with Primary and Secondary Schools across the region
The Smallpeice Trust - transforming the lives of young people for the benefit of UK Engineering
Primary Engineer - inspiring teachers through CPD training
engineering our future - A SKILLS SHORTAGE
Engineering is an essential component in keeping a society moving. It determines the capabilities of our workplaces, roads, bridges and even our waterways.
It involves plumbing and wastage, the uninhibited movement of traffic, planes, airports and the homes we live in.
Without engineering, the infrastructure around us would crumble and societal progression and advancement would become near impossible.
Neglecting to train a future generation of engineers could seriously impact the UK’s ability to compete globally.
THE ENGINEERING EMPLOYMENT GAP
In 2017, Engineering UK reported the annual shortfall of graduate engineers at 20,000, which is a conservative estimate, some reach as high as an annual shortfall of 55,000.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) revealed in a report that up to 62 per cent of engineering employers say that graduates cannot offer the right skills, which is a contributing factor, and also suggest not enough is being done by schools and universities to prepare future engineers for their debut in the workforce.
BECSLink brought these partners together to devise and deliver a unique educational programme across the Midlands, hosted by Lichfield Cathedral School BECSLink Community Hub, with two core objectives:
IGNITING INTEREST IN SCIENCE
SETTING OUT THE PATHWAY FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL TO PROFESSIONAL CAREER
‘STEM by Stealth’ practical, one-day workshop CPD training for Early Year’s and Primary teachers
Enabling teachers to deliver a whole class, curriculum-mapped engineering project
Ongoing access to the Primary Engineer VLE
The Smallpeice Trust
Full-day STEM workshop for up to 60 Year 9 (Key Stage 3) students
Students work in teams to research, design, build, and market an autonomous vehicle
Each participating school invited to send a ‘winning’ team to represent them at the Celebratory Event
54 Primary School teachers trained from schools with a total 5036 students enrolled
1625 Secondary (Key Stage 3) students engaged
c.120 Parents informed about the career pathways
12 businesses introduced to inspire future engineers