The Wiltshire Festival of Engineering
On Wednesday 28th September the UKESF took part in the first ever Wiltshire Festival of Engineering, organised by MP Michelle Donelan. Over a thousand schoolchildren and young people attended the event, which aimed to challenge the stereotypes surrounding STEM careers with a range of exciting exhibits and hands-on activities, as well as showcasing local businesses in the sector.
UKESF CEO Stew Edmondson and 6 volunteer scholars guided attendees through the construction of some simple hands-on projects. During the day around 60 children completed a project with the UKESF. Many more enjoyed the demonstrations provided by the creative Nevil Hunt from Innovations in Education that were available on the UKESF stand.
Stew said, “This was a fantastic day; it was really heartening to see so much interest and enthusiasm among the children to learn more about Electronics. The scholars were brilliant – patiently helping the children and explaining about Electronics to them. Chatting with the teachers throughout the day re-enforced my view that we need to provide them more support and resources to help inspire the next generation. Our new Infographic is definitely helping explain more about the opportunities available in the Electronics sector.”
“The huge success of the event was down to the extraordinary enthusiasm from all the exhibitors, so thank you to the team at the UK Electronics Skills Foundation for all your support.” Michelle Donelan, MP
Many thanks to scholars Callum, Eithne, Harry, Johnnie, Kieran and Rob for helping to make the day such a success.