Local STEM Activities

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is committed to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to young people in a fun and engaging way with the aim of encouraging the next generation to follow careers in STEM related professions.

The IMechE has partnered with organisations that are working hard to inspire children such as Primary Engineer and Bloodhound SSC.

We need your help to make these initiatives as successful as possible and it need not take a lot of your time.  We need enthusiastic engineers and scientists to engage with young people and help teachers deliver and exciting curriculum that will spark imaginations.

Volunteering opportunities are available from 1-2 hours per year to as much time as you'd like to give.  Read about the programmes active in the Glasgow & SW Scotland Area below and Get Involved.

Primary Engineer


Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation offering primary schools CPD and resources to support the delivery of design and make activities taught through practical Mathematics, Science and Design Technology activities.

The programme is designed to inspire and enthuse primary students and designed for all year groups mapped to the curriculum.  All projects are linked to practicing engineers to provide a real-world context to the project.

The programme is intended to stimulate pupils’ interest in areas of engineering and encourage them to take an inquisitive approach in other STEM subjects. Programmes include teacher training, interactive and paper-based resources, local and regional competitions.

Following the hugely successful launch of Primary Engineer in Scotland last year and the interest gained we require engineers to partner with local schools throughout Glasgow & SW Scotland.  Particularly in East, North and South Ayrshire Councils as all Primary Schools in the region have registered.

Primary Engineer is inviting engineers to attend the training sessions where they will gain a greater understanding of the programme and resources whilst working alongside the teachers on the practical tasks.

Following on from this we hope that the engineers will be able to visit the schools and work with the students in the practical activities.

This is also a great way to raise the awareness of engineer opportunities in the local communities whilst raising the profile your organisation.  It can also be used as part of the apprenticeship and graduate development schemes.

To hear more about the programme and opportunities available please got to Primary Engineer's website or contact Susan Scurlock.

Leaders Award for STEM

The Leaders Award for STEM challenges Primary and Secondary school pupils in Scotland to research and interview inspiring engineers!

Pupils are asked to research engineering and interview a practicing engineer to interpret the statement “lf I could be an engineer in Scotland – what would I do?”.

Primary pupils are asked to illustrate their response, accompanied by 100 words. Secondary pupils are asked to illustrate their response, accompanied by 350 words.

This award is a great opportunity to engage pupils with real engineers who will convey the importance of STEM in their daily working lives. Schools will be able to develop relationships with industry, both local and worldwide, giving pupils a unique perspective of professions and their significance in the wider world.

The website contains resources which can help pupils get their research underway!

If you wish to inspire the next generation with your engineering experiences and enthusiasm, please contact editor@leadersaward.com, and we will be in touch with further information.

Closing date is 20th November 2013.

Bloodhound SSC

The BLOODHOUND SSC engineering adventure provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. To achieve this ambitious goal, the BLOODHOUND Education Programme will be made available to all pupils in primary and secondary schools, and to students in further and higher education. Nearly 4,000 schools have registered in the first 18 months of the project, plus numerous presentations have been given to other groups and professional institutions, taking the project into the heart of the community and society.

The BLOODHOUND SSC project is unique when compared to other ground breaking engineering ventures in that all the information about the research, design, build and testing of the car is available to teachers and students, and of course to anyone that wishes to visit the website. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) provided a very positive audit report on the first year’s progress, proving our activities and partners were delivering inspirational programmes and achieving our aims. We must now build up the momentum, rapidly growing our curriculum resources and recruiting more schools and colleges to the project.

Find out more about the Bloodhound SSC Project here and if you'd like to volunteer as a Bloodhound Ambassador then see details here.



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