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Getting tomorrow’s engineers on board

St John’s has been mentioned in an article in the Telegraph discussing the next generation of aeronautics graduates, and how we can encourage pupils to develop a love of engineering.

Participation in STEM subjects such as mathematics, science, and technology - the building blocks of a successful career in engineering – is lower than in humanities and social sciences, meaning that fewer school children are progressing to technical degrees at university.

The School’s Head of Design and Technology Jason Ward commented in the Telegraph: “STEM subjects enable pupils to develop problem-solving skills. When science, technology and maths skills are applied, these are engineering skills. There are 87,000 job openings for engineering graduates every year, yet in the UK we are producing only 23,000 British engineering graduates.”

He continued: “In design and technology, the first thing our Year 7 pupils do is make a kite. In this way they learn about the principles of flight, not only in theory, but by actually physically engineering them. Pupils apply skills and knowledge in order to design and make products that solve real problems. They learn through participation in project-based activities, through experiencing processes themselves and from making mistakes.

“At St John’s we invite guest speakers in whenever we can to show pupils the range of related careers which are available. For example, at a recent event we arranged for product designers, civil engineering undergraduates and an aerospace engineer to speak to pupils in order to give them an idea of the career paths they have taken, and a flavour of their experiences in their respective industries. We also have a very successful RAF section of the Combined Cadet Force. Often a pupil’s interest in aircraft is stimulated and developed as a result of their activities in the CCF. We also support applications for Arkwright Trust engineering scholarships, a charitable trust which aims to stimulate and inspire pupils with interests in related careers.”

Published on 14/11/2016

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