Hitachi Rail is taking STEM back to school once again after committing to providing primary school children with funding for science, technology, engineering, and maths education.
The initiative is part of the Primary Engineer Rail Project. It has been implemented in over 150 schools across the UK, with over 18,000 5-11 year olds taught engineering skills in the past 3 years.
In these specialised lessons, Key Stage 1 children learn to make a train out of a shoebox. Key Stage 2 children are guided on the construction of an electrically powered train. All lessons are geared to inspiring children with fun and engaging lessons.
As part of the initiative, Hitachi Rail’s support provides training to empower teachers to deliver curriculum-based engineering projects to children. Hitachi employees also engage with teachers and pupils to support the hands-on education, while also sharing ideas on how to promote engineering in schools.
Hitachi Rail says its fourth year of funding is part of its commitment to encourage the uptake of STEM and help create the next generation of engineers and innovators. Studies have shown that at secondary school level most students have already decided on industries they will rule out in their career choice. It is equally important to promote STEM to female students before they make engendered subject choices ahead of GCSEs.
Jim Brewin, head of UK and Ireland, Hitachi Rail said: “To support Hitachi Rail’s UK legacy of being at the forefront of technological advancement it is imperative that we educate and inspire younger generations to seek an interest in engineering and related subjects.
“Our continued partnership with Primary Engineer is a prime example of how we are supporting this important work.”
Chris Rochester, UK director of Primary Engineer, said: “Hitachi Rail were the trailblazers for the Primary Engineer Rail Project, which is now supported by rail companies around the UK.
“It’s fantastic to have more schools involved this year as part of our ongoing partnership with Hitachi Rail to introduce young minds to rail engineering where we are witnessing incredible innovation and cutting-edge technology and exciting future careers.”
The Primary Engineer Rail Project will be taught in primary schools near Hitachi facilities across the UK, including Ashford, Doncaster, Bristol, Newton Aycliffe, Glasgow and Edinburgh.