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Renishaw inspiring future engineers with primary school workshops

Renishaw and STEMworks are delivering engineering workshops to 3000 school children

Renishaw are hoping to inspire engineers of the future by sponsoring workshops in primary schools.

The global engineering technologies experts from Wotton-Under-Edge are working alongside not-for-profit company STEMworks to deliver 100 of the workshops for students aged nine to 11.

The sessions focus on what engineering is, what engineers do and give hands-on experience by challenging the budding engineers to a competition using K'NEX

During the workshops the class is given a brief and one-hour to build a machine using K'NEX, with Renishaw STEM ambassadors on hand to give handy hints.

The sessions teach vital STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills such as problem solving, teamwork and following a technical brief.

Oliver Jelley, an Industrial placement engineer at Renishaw said the workshops would hopefully inspire the pupils to consider pursuing a career in engineering.

"Hands-on activities, such as the K'NEX competition, are an exciting and effective way of engaging and developing future engineers," he said.

"The competition gives students an insight into the skills needed to be an engineer and allows them to feel proud of their final designs."

Renishaw has an extensive education outreach programme supporting primary and secondary schools across Gloucestershire, Bristol and south Wales.

They partner the Cheltenham Science Festival as well as local Brownie groups looking to engage with an ever-increasing number of students, aiming to help their understanding of STEM subjects.

Rebecca Bound, education outreach officer at Renishaw said that the partnership with STEMworks will help the company engage with even more pupils than before.

"We have the opportunity to influence over 3,000 students by running 100 workshops at schools across Gloucestershire," she said.

"It can be challenging for schools to deliver engaging workshops if they are limited by the curriculum or a lack of resources.

"The collaboration between Renishaw and STEMworks means that we can work with more schools to deliver exciting activities that contextualise engineering and encourage students to consider studying STEM subjects at a higher level."

For more information about Renishaw's education outreach programme, visit http://www.renishaw.com/education-outreach.

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