Siemens has launched a new education and careers scheme desiged to inspire students, teachers and parents about the opportunities in the engineering sector.
Developed in conjunction with the UK government’s departments of Education and Business Innovation and Skills, the Siemens Education Portal, which be rolled out to 5,000 schools over the next 12 months, will allow teachers, students and parents to access a central hub of engineering information. Initially the portal will support the 11 to 14 age group with plans to expand the age range over the next two years.
The scheme will host a range of interactive education materials supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects; from interactive schemes of work for practical application in the classroom to engaging 3D games based on some of the most ground breaking industrial projects and technologies in the UK.
All the materials draw upon the technical expertise of Siemens as well as experienced curriculum developers and can be enhanced by inviting a Siemens employee into a school to provide the benefit of their own experiences and expertise in the subject matter. The content will draw from the Siemens Energy, Infrastructure and Cities, Healthcare and Industrial Sectors
The schemes of work include exploring the challenges facing product designers when designing vehicles for an urban environment, developing sustainable water supplies and creating sustainable energy supplies for modern cities using wind farms.
Juergen Maier, Siemens Industry managing director said: ‘It remains vital that we all play our role in developing talent for the future to replace the ageing workforce in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. The only way to change the perceptions of engineering and manufacturing is to target children as young as nine – and really explain how exciting working in this field is.’
Click here to access Siemens’ education pages.