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STEM by Stealth in Peterborough!

STEM by Stealth in Peterborough!

 The CEA (Construction Equipment Association) announces exciting education initiative in partnership with Primary Engineer, Kids Country and the AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association)

 The CEA’s new working partnership with Primary Engineer, Kids Country, the education arm of the East of England Agricultural Society, and the AEA, the voice of the agricultural and outdoor power equipment sectors, is offering primary schools in Peterborough and surrounding areas a fully funded CPD (Continuing Professional Development) programme, ‘Structures and Mechanisms with Basic Electrics’, with an agricultural theme, hosted at the East of England Showground on Thursday 27th February 2020 delivered by Primary Engineer.

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The Primary Engineer STEM course is a one day practical CPD course for Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers from Peterborough and the surrounding areas (two teachers per school), which will enable participants to deliver a whole-class, curriculum-mapped engineering project, this event will focus on an agricultural theme to fit in with Kids Country, who offer educational events to schools centred on food, farming and the environment.

The course will provide teachers with all of the skills and materials to then engage pupils in cross curricular application of mathematics, literacy and design technology, through the design, construction and testing of a fully functioning agricultural vehicle. This course also covers the safe and correct use of tools, materials and basic electrics in the manufacture of a range of agricultural vehicles before taking the projects back to school to share with pupils and colleagues.

Rob Oliver, CEA chief executive said, “Primary Engineer was started some 12 years ago. This means that some of the pioneer young school students who “got with the programme” then are now, we hope, enjoying burgeoning careers in engineering. PE is all about planting seeds to encourage an interest in practical problem solving using basic engineering principles. By teaming up with the CEA and our member companies, both teachers and students can benefit from the experience. What is certain is that the construction equipment industry in the future will continue to need skilled and motivated people to make and tend the machines that build Britain, no doubt with a little help from robots and artificial intelligence”.

Sandra Lauridsen, education manager for Kids Country, said: “We are really happy that Primary Engineer, CEA and the AEA have partnered with us to offer one of their amazing CPD courses centred on technology and engineering in agriculture, which builds on a new technology focus we had at our flagship event, the Food and Farming Day, in 2019. We know there is a real appetite for understanding this side of agriculture as the interest at our Food and Farming Day was huge.”

Sandra continued: “The really exciting thing about this CPD course is that teachers will be able to deliver this project for years to come after their training, making generations of children aware of the opportunities to enter careers in agriculture that they may not have thought about before.”

Ruth Bailey, CEO and director general at AEA, also commented on the new collaboration, “As the Agricultural Engineer Association, we are delighted to be involved in the CEA Primary Engineer Programme 2020. The focus for us is to attract new engineers to the industry and bring Agriculture to the younger generation as a possible career path. This is an exciting hands-on way to demonstrate to young children what the Agricultural Engineering sector can offer both in terms of technology and a great path to a future career.  It’s a really positive way of showcasing the industry to children.”

For more information and to sign up for the fully funded training course please contact emma.hargreaves@primaryengineer.com or call Emma on  07936 368 048.
Schools can also contact Sandra Lauridsen at Kids Country at slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk