During science week, our Key Stage 2 pupils took part in the Special Leaders Award challenge. We are pleased to announce that two of our Year 3 pupils were shortlisted, and will have their work displayed in a public gallery at Sunderland University. The successful children were Joe Moran and Millie Van De Lang– Well done!
For the challenge, pupils were asked to research engineering and interview a practising engineer to inspire them in answering the question:
“If you were an Engineer, what would you do?”
Pupils then identified an issue and invented an engineered solution to that problem. Pupils of 3 or over were asked to illustrate their solution, accompanied by a letter to explain their invention and why it should be built by engineers. The Leaders Awards are STEM programmes designed to encourage children, from as young as 3 up to 19, to engage with engineers who convey the importance and the ubiquity of engineering in everybody’s lives – from the houses they live in to the technology and tools they use, from the multiple transport system they travel in and the very food they eat.
In taking part, schools develop relationships with industry, both local and worldwide, which give pupils a unique perspective of professions and their significance in the wider world. Joe’s invention was designed to help to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, whilst Millie’s was designed to improve the lives of people with sight loss- both worthwhile causes.
The Leaders Awards are a part of Primary Engineer Programmes. To find out more, please visit www.primaryengineer.com