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Michelle Crees
Feb 21, 2021
In Final submissions
Engineering for Everyone: Producing Young Global Engineers Our focus has been on engineering education; awareness and interest in engineering should be encouraged early in a young person’s education. We need to demonstrate the breadth and impact of engineering as a solution for the future, to those who may miss opportunities otherwise. Only 1/5th of A-level physics entries are from girls, showing that the imbalance has already occurred by this point. We believe the most inspiring way to do this is to provide a connection between real-life projects and students. Our solution is to combine the benefits that industry contacts can have on young people, and the benefits to industry from understanding and learning from tomorrow’s key stakeholders. Young people today are more motivated than ever to solve the big problems that climate change, and historic practices are creating. Our proposal is a partnership program for children aged 11 – 16 in secondary schools, or equivalent, globally. The program involves a specially designed toolkit of materials and prompts for each ability level. Alongside this toolkit, an industry sponsor will set an appropriate challenge with a focus on sustainability and a positive global impact. An example of a toolkit and challenge would be equipment such as lego and an introduction to biomimicry, with the challenge set to learn from nature to create an efficient design for new shaded seating in their playground. As the packs will contain information sheets on how to run the scheme, no in person training will be required, but a dedicated phone line and website will provide a forum for people to engage, alongside optional training sessions. It also leaves flexibility for different volunteers to run the scheme such as older pupils, or other members of the community. Although we aim to start the program in the UK, it is important to us that we also find partners in countries globally, especially those where the UN SDGs need to be focused on most. Empowering young people who live locally will bring together the community and improve the uptake of new ideas, compared to when outsiders bring solutions in. By partnering a school without access to many of the things UK children take for granted like access to clean water and sanitation, to a school in the UK we can promote education of both groups as to the similarities and differences of their lives and allow the benefit from one industry partner to affect more people. There are logistical challenges to this ideal system, not least the availability of resources in rural schools. There may not be reliable access to internet, or electricity but this could be a part of the scheme, with the UK school fundraising alongside grants from NGOs, charities and the industry partners to install facilities. The NGOs can also help with the distribution of the resources. The industry sponsors will pay to take part, as part of their responsibility to their communities, funding much of the resources needed. Our idea will amplify the voices of the businesses taking part, which we hope would include many small, unique, entrepreneurs local to their community, whilst also making them introspective on their own involvement in technology, sustainability and diversity. It will increase student’s awareness of the scope of engineering and begin to provide them with the skills needed to create a positive global impact. #education #partnership #impact #postiveglobalimpact #SMEs #students #entrepreneurs @Molly Ryall Thomson
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Michelle Crees
Feb 12, 2021
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Our focus has been on engineering education; awareness and interest in engineering should be encouraged early in a young person’s education. We need to demonstrate the breadth and impact of engineering as a solution for the future, to those who may miss opportunities otherwise. Only 1/5th of A-level physics entries are from girls, showing that the imbalance has already occurred by this point. We believe the most inspiring way to do this is to provide a connection between current engineers and students. Our solution is to combine the benefits that industry contacts can have on young people, and the benefits to industry from understanding and learning from tomorrow’s key stakeholders. Young people today are more motivated than ever to solve the big problems that climate change, and historic practices are creating. Our proposal is a partnership program for children aged 11 – 16 in secondary schools starting at a national level but possible to expand globally. The program involves a specially designed toolkit of materials and prompts for each ability level. Alongside this toolkit, an industry sponsor will set an appropriate challenge with a focus on sustainability and a positive global impact. An example of a toolkit and challenge would be equipment such as lego and an introduction to biomimicry, with the challenge set to learn from nature to create an efficient design for new shaded seating in their playground. Our idea will amplify the voices of the businesses taking part, which we hope would include many small, unique, entrepreneurs local to their community, whilst also making them introspective on their own involvement in technology, sustainability, and diversity. It will increase student’s awareness of the scope of engineering and begin to provide them with the skills needed to create a positive global impact. #d2128 #education #partnership #impact @Molly Ryall Thomson
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