I'm an Engineer this March
I’m an Engineer is an online X-Factor style competition for engineers, where students are the judges! It's running over 2 weeks this March and teachers can apply now to take part. Students read the engineers’ profiles, ask questions and have live online text-based chats. Students then vote for their favourite engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement.
The online nature of the event helps to give all students a voice, and encourages students to ask the questions they might not be confident asking in front of the whole class. Students see that engineers are normal people, and see how their maths, science, and D&T lessons relate to the wider world, while being introduced the wide range of possibilities in STEM careers.
There are two themed zones to choose from: Artificial Body, Robotics; there is also a non-themed General Engineering Zone where students will be able to put their questions to engineers working in a range of different engineering fields.
The event runs between Monday 6th and Friday 17th March and is free for UK state-maintained schools. All teachers are sent a Teacher Pack with lesson plans to help introduce students to the event and make the activity simple to organise; and since the questions are asked by the students, it works for a wide range of age and ability groups.
To take part this March, register by 22nd January at: imanengineer.org.uk/teachers
For more information, email Josh in the I’m an Engineer team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01225 326892.