5 April, 2020

Inspiring children to be an engineer

09 December, 2016

The Rogers Knight Award to recognise engineers who work with teachers to inspire pupils about a future in industry has been won by Angus MacRae, senior engineer at Unity Partnership. The award was created by the Primary Engineer organisation in partnership with BCAS to commemorate the life and work of Rogers Knight, a past president of BCAS.

Paul Britner, teacher at Delph Primary School, Oldham, nominated Angus for this award following the work they did in partnership as part of the Primary Engineer programmes.

Looking at a number of factors – such as: increased teacher confidence, number of children inspired and length of relationship with the school – the BCAS board selected Angus and Delph Primary School from a shortlist of ten finalists.

The Primary Engineer Programmes are designed to bring engineering to primary schools in a way that is meaningful, sustainable and inclusive; inspiring all pupils to see where they can fit into the future of engineering. A line from Alice Brooks’ (Year 5 pupil at Delph Primary School) supporting letter sums up exactly the aim of this award, and indeed the Primary Engineer Programmes: “Angus is that good that he makes you think you are already an engineer.”

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation, operating nationally, focused on raising young people’s awareness of and aspiration towards STEM careers – specifically engineering.

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