Engineering possible careers at early age

Young engineers have been putting the building blocks in place for their potential career paths.

Pupils from 15 borough primary schools are taking part in the Primary Engineers programme, a national initiative introducing children to the world of engineering through fun and interactive hands-on projects.

Children at St Columba's RC Primary School get to grips with engineering.

Children at St Columba's RC Primary School get to grips with engineering.

Each school has two specially trained teachers as well as an engineer from a local company helping them with the challenge.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This excellent project is inspiring our girls and boys and giving them an early insight into the world of design, manufacturing and engineering.

“The country is crying out for skilled engineers and by working with our primary schools this project will surely set about enthusing the children so that they achieve great things and go on to become the next generation of talented engineers.”

The schools taking part are: Amberley, Bailey Green, Denbigh, Fordley, Grasmere Academy, Hadrian Park, Holystone, King Edward’s, Marden Bridge Middle, Redesdale, Richardson Dees, St Columba’s, St Joseph’s, Spring Gardens and Stephenson Memorial.

During lessons the children use shoeboxes to make many different types of vehicles – from cars and ice-cream vans to police cars and fire engines – which could carry a small toy safely down a ramp, across a distance, travelling in a straight line.

This helps children to understand why different vehicles have different designs and how certain shapes can make cars more aerodynamic.

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As the project progresses many of the older children go on to develop their vehicles further and some can even make them move with remote controls.

Pupils at St Columba’s RC Primary School in Wallsend are being helped by Hossein Rahbarkouhi, Graduate Engineer at GE Oil and Gas who has been going to the school once a week helping children in Years 1 and 6 with their primary engineer projects.

Hossein said: “It’s been great coming to the school and working with the children on their project.

“They’ve been so enthusiastic and it’s been good to see them enjoy engineering in this way.

“It’s amazing how bright they are and the understanding they have grasped on the engineering involved in building a car has been fantastic.”