DYW Moray, the vital link connecting businesses and education, have been working in partnership with Mott MacDonald Sweco (MMS), Primary Engineer and the Moray Council. We are delighted to confirm that a 2-year STEM Programme is being rolled out over Moray to include all 9 Secondary Schools and 46 Primary Schools. “This is a perfect example of how partnership working can help develop the career management skills of our young people in Moray” says Moira Stickle, DYW Moray – Manager. “Any Moray business who might be interested in supporting DYW Moray – no matter how large or small an initiative – are encouraged to contact me as we are keen to forge industry links in all sectors within Moray”.
Primary Engineer programmes are curriculum-mapped, whole-class engineering projects. Teachers attend a one-day practical training course where they are partnered with a professional engineer to work with them on the classroom project.
“The aim of Primary Engineer is to develop the skills and confidence in teachers first and extend from this secure foundation”, says Lise McCaffery, Regional Director for Primary Engineer. “Having worked with thousands of schools across Scotland and the wider UK, we are delighted to bring our work to Moray!”
Part of the Primary Engineer approach is to link engineers to the school to provide context to the engineering project. They can offer an engineer a free training place alongside the teachers, if they commit to working with the school and become part of the schools wider “family”- working in partnership with the school.
DYW Moray have heard very positive feedback from the first cohort of Primary and Secondary Teachers who started the programme this month. The next cohort of teachers that will be participating in the programme will be in September 2017, and the third cohort early next year.
George Cordiner, The Principle Teacher from Speyside High School said,
"It was a great morning working with professional engineers showing how creative you can be with some basic materials. I can't wait to try it out with the pupils!"
DYW Moray were very excited to hear that Ruth Jenkins, Principle of Physics from Keith Grammar School who was in the first cohort has been offered a place to study a Postgraduate Certificate course in Engineering STEM Learning which is being funded by Skills Development Scotland. This was brilliant news for DYW Moray!
There is also hoped to be a celebration event next year bringing the school participants together and an elected winner of the project will be announced.
Again, DYW Moray are delighted to have brought such a great initiative to Moray aiming to increase the engagement of young people in STEM projects across the region.