Today the Royal Academy of Engineering publishes academic research, including a case study of Primary Engineer’s work, that supports our core belief that developing engineering skills and having links to STEM and digital industry benefits all pupils, not just those who go into STEM careers, and that this benefit stretches across the whole school curriculum.
In total, some 22 primary schools, 11 secondary schools and one further education college took part in the research programme, which was a collaboration between the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, Primary Engineer and the Science & Engineering Education and Research Innovation Hub (SEERIH) at the University of Manchester, and involved 84 teachers and over 3,000 pupils.
The report finds that by creating a culture in which engineering habits of mind flourish, learners across all subjects demonstrated improved literacy, numeracy and communication skills, deemed vital for an engineering career. By equipping teachers with ways to better engage children as engineers, the methods outlined in Learning to be an engineer could help inspire more students into the profession and address the well-documented shortage of professional engineers faced by the UK.
You can read the full report here
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