STEM Education Activities

The IMechE Greater London Region Young Member Panel (GLR YMP) is very active in education activities and schools liaison across a range of events. 

We help organise four main events; 

- Engineering Your Future (EYF)
- Our World In 2050
- SET For Sport
- Imagineering

We would like to hear from any IMechE members interested in becoming STEM Ambassadors to help run STEM events.

We would also like to hear from schools, teachers or career advisors that are interested in participating in one of our STEM events.

For more information on any aspect of STEM activities in London please contact  Joanna Li-Mayer  (IMechE GLR YMP Vice Chair - Events). 

Engineering Your Future (EYF) careers days for sixth form pupils

There are now approximately six EYF events per year in London (more can be planned if the demand is there!). This is a joint enterprise initiated by IMechE GLR with ICE, IET and IMarEST. Each institution and/or schools can host around 100 sixth form students from schools in the London Region for an engineering careers advisory day. 

This comprises five 45 minute sessions which all the students attend. Four of these are run by different companies where the children are challenged to participate in interactive competitions related to engineering. The fifth session is devoted to careers advice and takes the form of a 'speed networking’ careers advice session exposing the children to engineers from different disciplines and advice from Universities, Year in Industry and the Institutions about careers in engineering. 

Feedback from teachers and pupils has always been very positive. EYF has been adopted by IMechE nationally and EYF events are now taking place in various parts of the country. 

More details can be found at the EYF website

‘Our World in 2050'

An IMechE day in schools linked to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 pupils

The ‘Our World in 2050’ event is aimed at making students consider how climate change may affect transport, energy and the built environment. The pupils are asked to design solutions to the problems that are posed by climate change in each sector, thinking about adaptation to climate change and mitigating the causes of climate change. In order to make it more of a competition and help promote greater teamwork different teams of pupils compete against each other. 

The event typically comprises a classroom activity over a full or half day with STEM Ambassadors in attendance to work with the individual groups to help direct ideas. However, the event can be tailored to suit your needs to please contact us to discuss ideas.

SET for Sport – ‘How innovation has transformed Sport at London Olympics 1908, 1948, 2012’

This event is an initiative organised by IMechE, ICE and Portia Ltd in collaboration with The Learning Trust, Hackney Technology and Learning Centre and Hackney 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Unit.

Exploring 100 years of Olympic Sports to learn about engineering innovation. Looking into the future of engineering innovation by imagining Olympic Sport in 2050.

A half day or full day event of activities for students to learn about engineering concepts and innovation, and their social impact. The activities are based on the Olympic (and Paralympic) Sport heritage,
and, in particular, the London Olympic Games of 1908, 1948, 2012. 

For each activity, students are guided and supported in their exploration of the learning materials by a team of volunteer engineers from the STEM Ambassadors scheme. Portia’s team ensures the participation of suitable
quality and number of engineers, and provides all the needed learning materials and tools for all activities.
The level of enquiry and learning outcomes can be adapted to the students’ and curriculum needs of KS3 and KS4. 

The Imagineering Foundation introduces 8-16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and technology through fun, hands-on activities.

Imagineering's website has details of fairs, school clubs and special activities organised by Imagineering and the world class organisations supporting it. The school clubs in particular are unique in offering a year-long programme of hands-on projects backed by proven kits and notes that enables 8 and 9 year olds to make 16 working models from a simple glider to an AM radio that they can take home when finished.

The Imagineering Foundation originated in the Midlands and has been very successful there, but take-up in London and the South East has been sparse and offers a huge opportunity to tap into a tried and tested resource. 

The time commitment for Imagineering is about an hour a week in school plus preparation time, although this does not all have to be by one person.

See the IMechE's Imagineering page for more information on how to get involved.
For more information on any aspect of STEM activities in London please contact  Joanna Li-Mayer (IMechE GLR YMP Vice Chair - Events). 

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