The Savoy, it must be said, is rather swish but when the British Compressed Air Society throw a bash at the Savoy, it’s a stilt walking courtesans, opera singing waiters, Italian themed extravaganza which as well as celebrating the inauguration of the new BCAS President, observed the first Rogers Knight Award for outstanding contribution by an engineer to a school undertaking the Primary Engineer Programmes.
The annual award, which asks children and teachers to nominate their partnered engineer for making an exceptional contribution to their understanding of engineering and engagement with engineering in the classroom, provides significant and deserved recognition for the incredible work that engineers supporting our programmes do across the UK.
As you can imagine, the selection process was tough. With so many fantastic engineers nominated for the award by children and teachers, all of whom made strong cases for their engineer in eloquent, well-reasoned, persuasive letters, the long-list was long and the short list difficult to create.
However, it was the quote from Alice Brooks, one of the pupils from Delph Primary School in Oldham, who nominated this year’s winner which stood out to the judges, “He makes you think like you are already an engineer”. High praise indeed!
This was supported by class teacher, Paul Britner (as seen in above photograph), who wrote, “He has made a huge difference to the children he has worked with. He has supported children to develop new skills, while giving them the confidence to try something new. He has inspired our pupils.”
And the final words (again) from Alice Brooks, “He helped us all to do things that we did not think we would be able to do. He is very inspirational and lots of the boys and girls in my class now say they want to be engineers when they grow up.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2016 winner of the BCAS Rogers Knight Award, Angus Macrae from Unity Partnership.
The Rogers Knight Award is an annual award open to all schools undertaking Primary Engineer, Secondary Engineer or Leaders Award Programmes. Nomination forms will be available from January 2017 on our website.