The Secondary Engineer Fluid Power Challenge is scheduled to launch in Kent with a training day for teachers from Science, Maths and Design & Technology in June. North Kent coastal schools will take part in this pneumatics and hydraulics systems project which was developed by Primary Engineer Programmes with support from the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and WEBTEC.
The project will see schools funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company and Kent County Council undertake the exciting design and make project which will support the study of practical STEM and give pupils the opportunity to work with engineers in the classroom. As the programme leads to a competition, pupils will compete against teams from other schools.
Munya Badze, Enterprise Coordinator, Skills & Employability Service at Kent County Council said, “Young people with increased access to the world of work activities develop a greater understanding of the range of careers and options beyond the classroom. The Secondary Engineer Fluid Power Challenge gives teachers and students the opportunity to work with industry experts in the classroom across the curriculum within whole-class settings. Students and teachers will access up-to-date labour market information into curriculum through employer ambassadors therefore raising awareness of transferable skills across STEM and other careers. The project is self-sustaining and provides a lasting legacy.”