Inspire the next generation - STEM fan boats in primary school.

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Careers & education
28 September 2017 17:00 - 19:00
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In order to enthuse the next generation, engineers are sought to run a fun engineering activity in a primary school of their choice. The electric fan boats activity was developed by IMechE Fellow and STEM educator Caroline Alliston (see 

Pupils will design, build and test their models, whilst applying their understanding of electricity, forces and materials from the primary curriculum. Here is a quote from a head teacher: “Absolutely brilliant! The children's squeals of delight when they launched their boats was a moment not to be missed. The children said they had 'the best day ever'.  They were talking about streamlining and modifying their models and were obviously gripped by the experience.” 

During the training session engineers get to design, build and test their own fan boat and learn how to conduct the activity in class. Class packs are provided for up to 30 children to construct boats, working in pairs. Volunteers will be accompanied by a teacher at all times and will not be expected to control a class on their own!


Caroline Alliston F.I.Mech.E. is the founder of Technology for Fun and is to deliver a series of nation wide workshops for volunteers seeking to enthuse future engineers in Primary Schools.


Christ Church Univesity - Medway campus
Rowan Williams Court,
30 Pembroke Court,
Chatham Maritime,
Chatham, Kent
United Kingdom

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