On 2nd March 2020 the DUEM Outreach team visited Ings Farm Primary School to help with the ‘If I were an Engineer…’ project for the second year running in local primary schools. The project focuses on getting students to think like an engineer, by identifying problems and brainstorming ideas to tackle the issues. Throughout the week, the students then develop their solutions further before writing a letter alongside the design persuading engineers to choose and build their design. Last year the DUEM Outreach team helped 35 Kingsley primary school students display their work in a public exhibition, with one of the students going on to win the regional competition for her year group, and we are sure that Ings Farm can do just as well, if not better!
On the day, the Durham University engineers gave an assembly in the morning to the entire school explaining what engineering actually is, and their journey through primary and secondary school to becoming an engineering student. After giving some examples of everyday problems and possible solutions, the team then showed the students a video of the Durham University Solar Car, which has been built as a solution to the current global problem of climate change.
Having engaged with all 360 students at Ings Farm Primary School throughout the day, it was great to hear the fantastic ideas that the students had, with many of them very excited to hear the engineering students’ feedback to their design! In addition, many of the students were choosing to design sustainable solutions to tackle climate change and global warming, such as devices to recycle litter from oceans and with students considering global problems at such a young age, this makes us feel very positive for the future!
The Outreach team thoroughly enjoyed the day and it sounds like the students did too, with Ings Farm saying the following about the day:
We feel very privileged to have had two representatives from DUEM visit us on Monday and talk to the children about their chosen areas of engineering. Over 360 children from Y1 to Y6 had the opportunity to chat to the students and share their ideas for the competition question ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ The children came away from the assembly and the class sessions truly inspired and buzzing with ideas. Thank you so much for engaging and inspiring our children. I’m looking forward to seeing their competition entries over the next week or so. Please return to us in the future!