Powering the future: understanding engineering construction

Welcome to the ECITB Resources for Schools

The engineering construction industry is a major employer creating and maintaining infrastructure essential to the UK economy. From power generation to stadium design, from pharmaceutical plants to the brewing industry, the engineering construction industry is vital for powering the future of Britain.

These materials have been produced to promote the engineering construction industry to schools in a way that helps teachers deliver the national curriculum and raises awareness of career opportunities to the pupils.

ECITB curriculum links to Geography

The national curriculum for geography outlines the key concepts, processes and suggested content for lessons at KS3. The ECITB pack offers a range of learning opportunities that enable pupils to explore these key aspects of geography through the study of real-world examples.

Pupils learn about space and investigate the interactions between places and the networks created by flows of materials and the labour involved in engineering construction projects. They are encouraged to consider the implications of engineering construction projects at different scales, from the personal, local, national and international.

By investigating how, for example, the construction of more efficient power stations can reduce impacts on the environment, they consider the interdependent nature of physical and human processes and, importantly, how sequences of events can lead to change in places and societies.

Pupils consider how engineering construction is increasingly focused on sustainability, using resources sparingly, with significant positive impacts on the environment and climate change.

Through a series of enquiry-based activities, pupils ask geographical questions, thinking critically, constructively and creatively. They analyse and evaluate evidence, employ numeracy skills to decide on best options, present findings to each other, and draw and justify conclusions. Through decision making exercises, pupils solve problems, develop analytical skills and are encouraged to think creatively about topical issues. In presentations and group work activities, pupils develop graphical skills and visual literacy, using Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques to communicate their knowledge and understanding using both speech and writing.

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