On the 22nd of March 2019, the DUEM outreach team and Head of Electrical visited Kingsley Primary School in Hartlepool to talk to students about the solar car and what it’s like to be an engineer. The pupils had been taking part in a week-long project titled ‘If I were an engineer’ where they had to come up with unique and ingenious solutions to everyday problems. The team kicked off the final day of this project by giving a talk to KS1 and KS2 students about the work they’ve been doing on the car, as well as other examples of solar power such as the Solar Impulse plane. The rest of the day was spent working through the various inventions that the 500 pupils had come up with, answering questions, and suggesting how their designs could implement more renewable power sources.
Kingsley Primary School were very grateful for the opportunity and said the following:
“On behalf of all the children and staff at Kingsley, I would like to say a huge thank you to the DUEM outreach team for supporting our recent STEM project. The children (and teachers) were amazed by their work on the solar car and were very excited at having the opportunity to speak to the team in their classroom, where they could find out more about their work and seek support the with their own designs. The whole week was a success, and, thanks to the team, I think we have some budding engineers in our midst!”