A year six teacher from Chetwynde School, Lynn Foxen, organised the event to give students the chance to experience the fun side of engineering in an inter-school ‘Making K’nexions’ challenge.
More than 60 pupils from Chetwynde, Holy Family and St Paul Schools in Barrow-in-Furness took part. The pupils were split into 10 teams and each had to use the construction toy, ‘K’nex’, to design and build an energy efficient ship.
As local experts in the field, Engineering Ambassadors from Maritime- Submarines were asked to support the event. Seven members of our staff volunteered their time to talk to the year six pupils about engineering and the challenges they face on a daily basis in work.
Communications Advisor Laura Lake is responsible for education engagement at Maritime-Submarines. She said: “The challenge was a hit with the students and managed to demonstrate the basic principles of engineering in a fun and relaxed way.
“Inspiring younger generations to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths is important to BAE Systems so that the business can continue to secure a future workforce with the right skills.
“Some young people may think that engineering is boring. Judging by the feedback from the Ambassadors, the laughter, concentration and friendly rivalry that was going on during the challenge may have changed their minds!”
Chetwynde teacher, Lynn Foxen, said: “We work closely with BAE Systems who support our events and initiatives with staff who volunteer to provide us with practical, engineering advice.
“I wanted to bring local school children together in an event that explained what engineering really is, what engineers do and how much fun it can be.
“The children were given a challenging task but, with the guidance of the Ambassadors, they came up with some great designs and really enjoyed themselves.”
As part of the BAE Systems Education Programme, there are over 100 STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassadors at the BAE Systems site in Barrow who volunteer their time to act as role models and promote engineering as an exciting career for young people. To find out more, please visit: www.baesystemseducationprogramme.com