2018: The Year of Engineering

The 1851 Trust explain how they engage schools in STEM to reduce the skills gap

2018 is the ‘Year of Engineering’, a government campaign which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering. As a provider of STEM, the 1851 Trust have signed up as partners to the initiative. The year-long campaign will tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession through increasing awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7–16, their parents and their teachers.

Beverly Smith, 1851 Trust Education Manager, explained, “Our sessions on the Land Rover BAR Tech Deck put what the children learn at school into a real-life context in line with the National Curriculum. The UK needs 186,000 engineers by 2024 and we hope that these sessions we provide are able to change pupils’ perception on STEM careers; through experiencing hands on activities in a different environment to a classroom.”

Headington School’s Physics Teacher, Anneka Streule, is one of over 1,000 teachers to have discovered BT STEM Crew and in doing so she found a high-quality free resource which immediately captured the imagination of her pupils. The resources made an instant impact across her lessons. 

 “BT STEM Crew is so easy to use, and the videos are such high-quality that they are naturally engaging, starting with an eye-catching clip and introducing just the right level of detail. All I have to do is show my class the video of the flying boats and they want to know how it works and find out about the engineering and physics behind it,” explained Anneka. 

The resources have been so well received that Anneka has incorporated BT STEM Crew into the school’s Scheme of Work for Year 8. 

Topics covered include Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Design & Technology subjects, each demonstrating the applications of STEM through real-life examples from Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup sailing team led by four-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie. 

For more, visit: 1851trust.org.uk/visit-the-tech-deck/