Energy Quest workshops return to schools

May 18, 2022

As the world emerges from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, EngineeringUK are pleased to see schools are taking full advantage of the ease of restrictions and welcoming back STEM outreach activities delivered by external partners.

Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive at EngineeringUK recently attended an Energy Quest workshop – an outreach activity that is run by EngineeringUK and helps young people uncover the engineering skills they didn’t know they had, at Trinity Church of England School in south east London this month. She said:

“Delivering our STEM outreach programmes face-to-face and hands-on again is amazing, the increased level of interaction provides a great opportunity to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers.

“If we are to ensure the UK has the skills needed to be a leader in innovation, improve economic resilience and environmental sustainability, it is critical that more young people from more diverse backgrounds understand what it would be like to work in engineering and technology and see themselves in these roles. That’s what our activities are designed to do, and it was great to see students at an Energy Quest workshop I attended recently connect with and be excited about these future options.”

Energy Quest is a curriculum-linked programme for schools which encourages young people to find out about sustainable energy and learn about associated engineering careers.

Over the last six years EngineeringUK has developed Energy Quest into a well-received programme, reaching 215,000 young people through 3,150 sessions in 1,460 UK schools. Over the next 3 years EngineeringUK will be working with partners and funders to develop, test and evaluate different content and ways of delivery to maximise the programme’s impact on young people, particularly girls and other groups that are under-represented in the engineering profession.

Energy Quest is targeted at students aged 11 to 14 and is designed to unlock their inner engineer as they explore sustainable energy sources. The programme is designed to be inclusive and to make the workshop content accessible and young people played a key role in developing the content of the workshop.

If you’d like to book a free session, support it as a sponsor or volunteer, take a look at our newly launched website.

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