Inspiring The Next Generation: BPE Launches 10 week STEAM Engineering Programme in Cork School

BPE is delighted to launch the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) Engineering-in-a-Box programme in partnership with STEAM Education Ireland. The Engineering-in-a-Box programme will allow BPE to connect with the local community and inspire children through fun and engaging learning. The programme aims to bring students on a journey through the diverse fields of engineering. BPE engineer Hugh Twomey, is delivering the 10 week programme to 5th class in Ballintemple National School, Cork.

So far I am thoroughly enjoying my teaching experience (with STEAM Engineering-in-a-Box) and helping inspire the next generation to take up a career in engineering.  This is the first year that BPE have supported the engineering programme and I am delighted to support a school in the locality of our office here in Cork.  The children are full of creativity and imagination and are responding with such enthusiasm, energy and engineering ingenuity to the lessons.  I would highly recommend other companies to get on board in 2019. It is a positive and fun experience!” –Hugh Twomey-Building Services Manager, BioPharma Engineering

The topics to be covered over the 10 week period include food and process engineering, simple machines, transport, environmental, electronic and communication and biomedical.  Children are tasked with challenges such as creating and presenting a bridge of 15cm capable of taking the weight of a sweet jar using only 20 lollipop sticks and 15 elastic bands and creating a free standing structure as a base for a shelter using only spaghetti and marshmallows. As well as the practical challenges students will also look into the concepts behind the designs and record their findings in journals.

STEAM Education is a social enterprise supporting primary school education; to find out more about the work they do or to get involved visit their website here.