Lego and the Year of the Engineer campaign have teamed up to bring engineering to UK schools this autumn.
Lego has teamed up with the Year of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology to give UK schoolchildren the opportunity to meet engineers and to experience hands-on learning with Lego Education Solutions.
The Engineers of the Future roadshow will be visiting primary schools across the UK this autumn, led by engineers equipped with Lego Education Solutions, including Lego Education WeDo 2.0 and Lego Education Mindstorms EV3.
The roadshow aims to inspire children by giving them access to hands-on learning experiences and by helping them to discover the opportunities for young aspiring engineers.
The children will also be able to meet engineers face to face, giving them career role models from different backgrounds and helping change perceptions of what it means to be an engineer.
Minister for the Year of Engineering Nusrat Ghani said: “Engineers are at the forefront of technology and infrastructure advances which are shaping all of our lives, from how we communicate and travel to tackling major challenges in healthcare and the environment. But the opportunities of this creative, innovative and hugely important profession are all too often misunderstood and overlooked by young people and their parents.
“That’s why I’m thrilled to announce our collaboration with Lego as part of the Year of Engineering. Lego’s enduring popularity is testament to the curiosity, ingenuity and creativity that make so many children natural engineers, and Engineers of the Future is a chance to build on this – helping young people from all backgrounds discover how these skills could be their passport to a varied, well-paid and exciting career that makes a real difference to the world around them.”
Supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the collaboration will build on First Lego League – a global and UK-wide challenge that sees students take on engineering challenges to tackle global problems, from hydro-electricity to space exploration.
Engineers of the Future aims to bring this competition to a wider group of young people, through both the schools roadshow and the Engineers of the Future challenge, a competition that encourages First Lego League teams to share their experience with other local schools and create inspiring films of their projects.
The winning teams will get the chance to showcase their inventions and films at an event in Parliament later this year, aimed at demonstrating the importance of modern engineering skills to MPs.
Lego’s head of education after school and competition Camilla Bottke said: “For more than 35 years it has been our mission to inspire and develop all children, equipping them with the right skills to empower them to succeed, whatever their background and whatever their ambition.
“Our experience shows us the importance of supporting the development of STEM skills in children from an early age. We are delighted to be part of the UK government’s Year of Engineering initiative to further our commitment to developing these important STEM skills in children across the country and leveraging technology to give children the opportunity to become aspiring engineers.”
Lego is the latest company to announce its support for the Year of Engineering, joining Apple, Usborne and the BBC along with around 1,400 other businesses, charities, schools and colleges.