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Raising Outcomes and Aspirations for young people

18/09/2014

Nexus Engineering has worked with St Nicholas Priory CE VA Junior School on several engineering projects with the aim of allowing pupils of all ages to experience engineering. One of the successful projects was when a group of Year 5 leaners had great fun making replica stethoscopes as part of a hands-on science project exploring sound. This simple, fun excise introduces learners to the engineering design process of problem solving, it also allows participants to interact and learn about different heart rates and engineering tests that stethoscopes are used for.

Another projects learners also enjoyed was a two day workshop designing and making their own Mini-Beasts. This workshop was a reward to a group of students who had worked particularly well throughout a term. Learners built and decorated their own models and all have been designed so that all the wings, heads and body parts are interchangeable. The pupils had great fun designing their own mini-beast world, it’s these kind of creative projects which allow pupils to develop their interest in engineering and should not be underestimated.

One of the key projects Nexus Engineering has been able to offer to St Nicholas Priory CE VA Junior School is an after school Robotics Club. Budding engineers in Year 6 focused on building their own robot and robotic parts! The project involved, project management and time management, as well as supporting learners’ numeracy and literacy skills. This term-time only project, delivered at the school, culminating in an award for the Best Robot and Best Behaved Learner, the Award Ceremony was topped off with a tour of Nexus Engineering Training Centre. Many schools are now looking to channel their Pupil Premium Funds to deliver meaningful training programmes with Nexus Engineering, helping students to attain their very best outcomes.

“The pupils have really enjoyed working with Nexus staff on projects both in school and at the Nexus base. The engineering after school club and projects within the school time have given the children a real insight into the breadth of engineering. They have appreciated working with both the excellent resources and the specialist staff.”

Mr M Adams, Headteacher