This Ingenious Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering enabled us to connect 2,810 students from 78 schools with 33 engineers between June 2016 and March 2017.
Of students who logged in, 87% actively engaged with the event through CHAT, VOTE and ASK where they posted more than 2,600 questions.
Schools identified as likely to be under-served by engineering outreach (widening participation schools) made up 34% of those involved, exceeding our objectives for this group.
“It was very open and candid, the students weren’t shy at all like they typically might be in a classroom with an engineer standing in front of them personally.” – Engineer
“[I have learnt] That even girls can be engineers if they want to and you can do anything that you want in engineering as there is so many possibilities.” – Student
“The students found talking to real people very engaging. They weren’t shy and surprised me with the depth of questioning they went into. It was very exciting for them and they learnt a lot. (So did I!)” – Teacher
Feedback and survey responses from students shows that they learnt more about the types of tasks that engineers do, the type of skills required to be an engineer, the type of people who work as engineers, the type of projects that engineers work on and the role of engineers in society. Read the full report
Posted on September 1, 2017
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In 2014, we received a People Award to run 8 I’m an Engineer zones featuring biomedical engineers.
Read the final report on the zones here
Below are the key outcomes we found after evaluating the zones of I’m a (Biomedical) Engineer:
- The zones engaged over 3,100 students across the UK with real people working in biomedical engineering (page 5).
- 40 engineers related to biomedical engineering themes were able to engage with school students (page 6). This included people designing prosthetic limbs, researchers developing regenerative tissue scaffolds, and hospital imaging system administrators.
- The zones facilitated many conversations and discussions around biomedical engineering themes and what it was like to be a biomedical engineer: Students asked the engineers 1,614 questions in ASK (examples on page 9), and popular keywords in live chats included ‘medical’, ‘food’, ‘research’, ‘career’, ‘technology’, ‘heart’, ‘people’, ‘design’, ‘bones’, ‘surgery’, ‘job’, ‘project’ (page 10).
- After taking part, 84% of students said they thought engineers had an interesting job, compared to 71% before (page 13). Students also said they knew more about the types of people who are engineers, more about what engineers actually do, and more about the skills they would need to become engineers (page 14).
- Biomedical engineers enjoyed the challenge, improved their communication skills, said they wanted to do more public engagement, and became more aware of what students thought about engineering (page 12).
“It’s been interesting getting to grips with school pupil levels of understanding about what engineering is and how it’s applied. The questions have been quite testing at times, also in sheer scope.” – Dominic Eggbeer, Surgery Zone
- £2,500 was awarded to 8 winning engineers to fund their own outreach activities and extend the impact of the zones. To date, winners have reported on the use of £1,250 for activities including workshops in schools and laboratories, buying equipment for creating Youtube videos and producing copies of children’s books about engineering (page 7).
- Biomedical engineering zones were popular with teachers and as busy as other engineering zones, despite not fitting the stereotypical view of engineers and engineering.
- Pages in biomedical engineering zones were viewed 140,000 times during the events and 55,000 times by members of the public since June 2014 (page 5).
Posted on June 7, 2017
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In 2014, we received a People Award to run 8 I’m an Engineer zones featuring biomedical engineers between 1st April 2014 and 1st April 2017.
Read the interim report on the zones here
We have run 4 zones so far: 2 in June 2014 and 2 in June 2015. We plan to run another 4 zones in March and June 2016. We ran a Food Zone and a Health Zone in June 2014 and a Hospitals Zone and an Artificial Body (Prosthetics) Zone in June 2015.
- 1,543 students have taken part in the WT funded biomedical engineering zones.
- A total of 1,896 (474 per zone) questions have been asked
- Average of 16 live chats per zone.
- 82% of the students have actively engaged by asking questions, taking part in live chats or voting for their favourite engineer.
- The percentage of students who thought engineering jobs were “very interesting” went from 37% pre-event to 54% post event.
- All the engineers who filled our post-event survey say they have enjoyed the event and would recommend it to colleagues.
Posted on September 10, 2015
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