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Innovative approaches to inspiring STEM in Aberdeen Primary schools

14 November 2018
  • The Oil & Gas Technology Centre supports award-winning Primary Engineer programme.
  • STEM focused programme, designed to promote engineering skills and careers to pupils, their parents and teachers, will be delivered throughout 10 Aberdeen schools.

On Tuesday 13th November, Primary school teachers teamed up with engineers from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), University of Aberdeen and Chapelton Energy to take part in a Primary Engineer training day ahead of delivering STEM workshops in classrooms.

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation working with local authorities, teachers, industry and government to promote engineering skills and careers with children as young as three years old, through Primary and into Secondary phase education.

Lise McCaffery, Regional Director of Primary Engineer, said:

“What better way to show teachers the innovation and creativity within engineering than training them in an engineering project, alongside industry professionals, with this pioneering organisation? We are thrilled that the OGTC will be investing in our programmes and that their engineers will be supporting the teachers’ delivery of the project within schools.”

The OGTC was established in October 2016 with £180 million funding as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal. It works to maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf, anchor the supply chain in the North-East of Scotland, and create a culture of innovation in the region.

Stephen Sheal, External Relationship Director at the OGTC, said:

“We are delighted to support the work that is being delivered by the Primary Engineer team here at the Technology Centre. Their work is hugely important, training primary school teachers to deliver imaginative and inspiring STEM sessions. Through this programme we want to release the technical imagination and curiosity within kids as early as possible to help plant the seeds that will inspire them to consider a career in science or engineering.”

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