June 2016 Winner Blogs

After every event we ask the winning scientists to write a short blog to be sent to all the students in who took part in the zone. It’s a great way for the engineers to reflect on the previous two weeks and thank all the students for voting for them.

Let’s take a look at what the June Winners had to say…

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Posted on July 6, 2016 by Moderator - Josh in Engineer Quotes, News, Quotes | Leave a comment

March 2016 Winners

After each event we ask the winning engineers to write a short blog that is sent to everyone who took part in their zone. It’s a chance for them to reflect on their I’m an Engineer experience and thank the students for their questions and votes. Let’s take a look at what some of the winners from March’s zones had to say… Ross, Food Zone One of the questions I was asked the most is “what inspired you to be an engineer?”. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I grew up. Some people do, and that’s ok, but others don’t. My advice is to do something you’re passionate about and you’ll find something that’s right for you. Ryan, Fuel Zone I imagine from the student’s perspective it would have been difficult to ask questions in a face-to-face scenario like “How much do you get paid?”, “How does what … Continue reading

Posted on April 4, 2016 by modmichaela in Event News, News | Leave a comment

Reflections on SME funding

As part of our funding agreements in recent years we’ve been trying to diversify our funding streams for I’m an Engineer and I’m a Scientist. Inevitably one suggestion for additional funding has been to approach companies employing engineers and scientists. The obvious first step was to approach those companies known to support STEM engagement. BP, Rolls-Royce, BAe, GSK, Pfizer, Thales etc. It wasn’t simple. Finding the right people at the right time wasn’t simple. Creating a proposition that worked for them wasn’t simple. It was put to us that these companies are constantly being asked to support projects and that we may have more success with SMEs. So we picked a few upcoming zones (Health, Space, Production and Energy) and set a researcher a task of finding 100 SME’s in each field where the CEO had given their contact details on their website. We figured that if they did that … Continue reading

Posted on January 13, 2016 by ModShane in Evaluation | Leave a comment

November 2015 winners’ blogs

After each event we ask the winning engineers to write a short blog that is sent to everyone who took part in their zone. It’s a chance for them to reflect on their I’m an Engineer experience and thank the students for their questions and votes. Here is what the winners from November had to say… Stevie, Energy Zone The event was more fun than I could have wished for! The live chats were intense with a bombardment of questions for 30 minutes straight. My office mates can confirm that I may need a new keyboard now…it got a serious pounding over the last two weeks. I want to thank all of the students who asked questions in the chats and on the ASK part of the website, especially the ones that voted for me! I hope you got a lot out of taking part! Michael, Production Zone I will let you in to a little … Continue reading

Posted on December 15, 2015 by modantony in Event News, News | Leave a comment

How does I’m an Engineer affect students understanding of engineering?

We know that I’m an Engineer gets students interested in engineering  and inspired to become engineers themselves.  However, one of the key objectives of the project is to smash engineering stereotypes; that the students learn that engineering is not just about car mechanism, spanners and hard hats. Measuring the students’ change in understanding of engineering has been difficult: closed questions tend not to work when assessing this, as they can be very leading. We decided to ask students to evaluate their own learning. Of course, this has its own limitations, but so far it is the best method we have found. We asked students for their degree of agreement on whether since taking part in I’m an Engineer, they know more about different aspects of being an engineer. Responses from 131 students told us that taking part in I’m an Engineer helps them to improve their understanding of what engineering is and what … Continue reading

Posted on July 28, 2015 by modangela in Evaluation, News | Leave a comment

“You all helped remind me what an amazing field I work in”

After each event we ask the winning engineers to write a short blog that is sent to everyone who took part in their zone. It’s a chance for them to reflect on their I’m an Engineer experience and thank the students for their questions and votes. Here is what the winners from June had to say…  Lizzie, Artificial Body Zone It was great meeting you through the chats and answering your questions. So many of you asked really good and insightful questions that really made me think. You all helped remind me what an amazing field I work in and have encouraged me to continue doing my research and future outreach. You have inspired me and I hope I have inspired some of you – both boys and girls to study engineering. Lee, Energy Zone I am delighted to have won an amazing competition. I was really impressed how the students had the confidence … Continue reading

Posted on July 27, 2015 by modantony in Event News, News | Leave a comment

How does I’m an Engineer affect students’ attitudes to engineering?

We know I’m an Engineer has a positive effect on students. Teachers tell us their classes “got fired up about engineering”, some students “chipped a nail typing to the engineers” and others admit they “didn’t even know that was a job, how cool!!” Anecdotes are fine, but as evaluation geeks we want numbers too. We asked students if they think engineers had an interesting job, and whether they’d like to work as engineers in the future, before and after taking part in I’m an Engineer. We gave them a choice of 5 options – from the very positive to the very negative, with a middle neutral one – to reply. 76 students filled in both the pre-event and post-event surveys. Students have a good perception of engineering, and I’m an Engineer improves it The majority of the students thought engineers had a “very” or “fairly interesting” job, and none of them thought it … Continue reading

Posted on June 29, 2015 by modangela in Evaluation, News | Leave a comment

Food Engineers, the Prime Minister, and Women in Engineering

Danielle Epstein was the runner up in this June’s I’m an Engineer Food Zone. During the event, on National Women in Engineering Day she spoke with the Prime Minister about how to get more women into engineering by challenging stereotypes, and using I’m an Engineer as a way to help young people relate to engineers. Danielle wrote about her experience. On Monday 23rd June both the Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Chancellor, George Osborne visited Coca-Cola Enterprises Wakefield facility, Europe’s largest soft drinks production plant. As part of this visit I was given the fantastic opportunity to meet them and speak to them about my first 10 months at CCE on the supply chain graduate scheme. As part of my discussion with them I brought up the fact that it was National Women in Engineering Day and how timely his visit was to raise the profile of this important … Continue reading

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Moderator - Josh in News | Leave a comment

What criteria do students judge engineers on?

When students take part in I’m an Engineer they get to vote for their favourite engineer to win £500 to spend on communicating more engineering. It gives them ownership of the project and they decide who gets, in effect, a small grant for public engagement. But what are students’ votes based on? This is how 109 students (or groups of students) have ranked certain criteria from most to least important when considering how to vote for engineers, since January 2012. The results come from a Drag & Drop ranking activity in the first lesson plan “You’re the Judges” that teachers run to introduce their students to I’m an Engineer. The top ranked criteria are linked to society, with engineering being used for good: saving lives, safety & reducing environmental impact. There are also insights into how students might perceive engineers and engineering companies. Reassuringly, the more superficial criteria lurk at the bottom of … Continue reading

Posted on July 2, 2014 by in News | Leave a comment

Engineer case study: Nicola Lazenby

The application for an Ingenious Award (funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering) asks for an example case study of an engineer’s public engagement journey after taking part in the project. Since I’m an Engineer started in 2012 we’ve had 40 engineers take part, many at different stages of their public engagement journey. Here’s Nicola Lazenby’s case study from our application: Nicola is a PhD student looking at how foundations can be used to produce renewable heat and energy from the ground. She won the Environment Zone in March 2013. Before taking part in I’m an Engineer she already had an interest in outreach, being involved with Engineers without Borders, a Student Ambassador at University and working with young people summer schools and taster days. She “wasn’t new to engagement, but not exactly an experienced professional”. Taking part in I’m an Engineer changed the way Nicola communicates. She now thinks a … Continue reading

Posted on May 8, 2014 by in News | Leave a comment