Primary Engineer had a wonderful couple of days at the Scottish Learning Festival over 21st and 22nd September. With two stands – one promoting Primary Engineer programmes and the other promoting the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award – we managed to spread our message far and wide.
We welcomed Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, to our stand and discussed the important role Primary Engineer plays in creating links between education and industry. They also enjoyed playing with the Trolley for the Elderly, designed by one of our entrants in the Leaders Award and built by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. We had the pleasure of Shirley-Ann Sommerville (pictured above left), Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, visiting our stand. She and Susan Scurlock discussed pupils’ creativity in their engineering and how the two sit side-by-side. Her favourite entry to the Leaders Award, as a young mother herself, was the Calpol® Lolly!
Lise McCaffery, Regional Director in Scotland, gave a seminar at the conference on Engineering STEM Learning to inspire teachers, and those who work with them, to build engineering as part of STEM into their timetables. She was joined by one of the teachers on the Professional Recognition course, Steven McAvoy, who spoke passionately about how, with no science or engineering background, working with Primary Engineer has encouraged him to develop deeper understanding and skills in his classroom.