DER-IC - North East inspires the next generation of engineers

At Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres, we aim to support and inspire young minds with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

On Monday 22 November, DER-IC - North East COO Rachel Chambers was delighted to have the opportunity to share her expertise with the enthusiastic Year 5 pupils at The Glebe Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees.

Engineering Experts visit The Glebe Primary School: L-R - George Cram, Jess Cookson, Mateen Duresmain, Rachel Chambers and Mike O'Neill.

Rachel discussed the rapid progression of technology from the 1900s to the present day, as well as giving the pupils an insight into all the different career areas that studying engineering can lead to, from health and medicine to fashion and beauty.

Rachel was also joined by experts from local engineering companies who shared a 'day in the life' insights with the pupils: George Cram, Apprentice Process Technician and Jess Cookson, Graduate Mechanical Engineer discussed their roles at Advanced Electric Machines, followed by Research Analyst Mateen Duresmain introducing her work at Exawatt.

The budding young engineers then got to take part in some hands-on learning, working in teams to try to create the tallest possible free-standing tower from spaghetti, string, sticky tape and marshmallows.

Rachel and the team were all so impressed by the pupils' enthusiasm and insightful questions, showing that the students and teachers at The Glebe have a passion for STEM. We were delighted to receive this thank you certificate and hope to return again once we have some new projects to share with the pupils!