Glasgow’s budding engineers were recognised today (Thursday, 2 May) at Glasgow City Chambers as part of an awards celebration of top engineering talent involving around 80 primary school children from across the city.
Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation that is driving the curriculum for engineering across all stages (from primary to FE) and seeks to develop vital science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and interests from a young age, is hosting the awards, which will see vehicle designs tested and evaluated by professional engineers.
Local vehicle manufacturer and repairer Allied Vehicles Group, which employs over 700 people across its 32-acre Possilpark site, is a key supporter and the major funder of both the Primary and Secondary Engineer initiatives and has invested some £62,000 into the programme over the past 5 years.
The celebration event will involve teachers bringing along teams of children, with their made vehicles which will be tested by engineers acting as judges. The event follows a city-wide training module for teachers (Structures and Mechanisms) that Primary Engineer carried out in January. Teachers from across Glasgow came along to the training session and returned to school with their resources to carry out the project. The Primary Engineer programme in schools has involved 114 primary and 9 secondary schools from across Glasgow and has trained 255 teachers over the past 5 years.
Engineering skills are vital to Glasgow’s future prosperity, as Allied Vehicles Chairman Gerry Facenna points out:
“Creating innovative and effective engineering design to improve accessibility for disabled people sits at the core of our business.
“That’s why we’ve been long-term supporters of Primary Engineer: we want to encourage enthusiasm and creativity around engineering from an early age so that youngsters are excited by a career in engineering and the ways in which engineering skills can have a really positive impact on people and society generally.”
Dr. Susan Scurlock, MBE, Chief Executive and Founder of Primary Engineer, said, “Our vision to provide high quality engineering education at an early stage in school requires partnerships which help to build the knowledge and aspirations of children towards careers in engineering. Our work with Allied Vehicles has been one of partnership and common goals which we celebrated earlier this year by awarding Gerry Facenna an Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Primary Engineers.”