Primary school pupils get a taste of engineering
UTC Reading recently supported a collaborative partner project, welcoming 120 pupils from local primary schools to get a taste of engineering.
Staff from Thames Water, Kier and Peter Brett Associates ran several hands-on activities throughout the day to introduce pupils to some of the careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Pupils were tasked with working in groups to build a tower, before designing and building a mini-network of water pipes to supply a fictional group of customers, including a chocolate factory. Their work was put to the test using water, which all teams managed to successfully deliver to their customers.
Mrs Jones, Year 5 teacher from Kidmore End Primary School, said:
“I thought it was a very well organised, informative, challenging and fun day for my Year 5 class. A great opportunity for the children to link their skills and learning to real life problems and a great opportunity to learn about life outside and after school. Having two schools together worked well – it added some healthy competition and another dimension to teamwork!”
The event was an opportunity for UTC Reading to promote STEM within the schools community, in particular addressing the skills gap that the UK is facing in engineering. The day was focused on raising awareness of the role engineers play in our lives.
Principal Joanne Harper said:
“It was fantastic to be able to give so many pupils the chance to experience engineering with some key people from industry. We hope this has been a valuable opportunity for them to gain a better understanding of some of the exciting careers that will be available to them in the future.”