Techniquest Glyndŵr is celebrating after receiving a £4,970.46 grant from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Techniquest Glyndŵr, engages over 72,000 people each year with hands-on activities, both at its science discovery centre in Wrexham and through an extensive outreach programme across the region.
The ‘Engineering the Future’ project will develop and deliver a new driverless vehicle workshop for schools using CrumbleBots robot kits, together with help from local engineers.
The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS), which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics learning and careers awareness.
Dawn Pavey, Projects and Fundraising Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr, said: “We are excited to be collaborating with engineers to create a new workshop for our primary and secondary programmes. The grant is also supporting our annual schools’ event in June celebrating International Women in Engineering Day, which many local engineers volunteer at to inspire more female students to consider careers in engineering.”
Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The Engineering the Future project is a fantastic example of the kind of projects the EEGS scheme aims to promote. The UK is facing a critical engineering skills shortage and showing young people how creative and exciting engineering can be is a key way of inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.”
David Lakin, Head of Education at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates and apprentices to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children – girls as well as boys – are attracted to, and choose to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The IET is investing considerable resource in EEGS to support vital projects like Engineering the Future, which highlight the exciting, creative and rewarding world of engineering careers to young people.”
Organisations capable of developing and delivering UK-based educational activities are eligible to apply to the EEGS scheme.
There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.