Every year, the ECITB works with schools across the UK to deliver a STEM activity.
(STEM refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education. STEM subjects focus on skills and knowledge in science and innovation and are valuable not only because they can lead to exciting, rewarding career options, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world. In other words, excellence in STEM enables individuals to be active citizens in an increasingly technological society.)
The STEM activity for 2015 was an engineering build project; in previous years we have undertaken theatre based activities in schools to communicate about the engineering construction industry and careers.
On 5th October 2015, the ECITB launched its 2015 STEM Engineering Challenge Programme to help attract 60,000 more people into engineering construction over the next ten years. Commencing at the City of Peterborough Academy, the tour visited schools across the UK with its interactive hands-on STEM Engineering Challenge.
The programme is a nationwide campaign that the ECITB, the leading skills body for the engineering construction industry, invests in every year, introducing the industry to pupils interested in the core STEM subjects. The challenges are based on activities that take place on a daily basis in the engineering construction industry and are both informative and exciting, giving students information on entering the industry through apprenticeships and graduate schemes. Girls, in particular, are encouraged to consider a career in the industry and it is hoped that the STEM Challenge will inspire a new generation of women in engineering construction roles.
Two groups of up to 60 pupils took part in two project challenges across 11 regions.