The Garfield Weston Foundation have awarded NMiTE funding of £500,000 to develop mobile engineering studios to show students what engineering is all about and to engage students with the possibility of studying engineering as a career. Prospective students and their teachers will be able to engage in hands-on problem solving followed by designing and rapidly prototyping ideas to solve problems using state-of-the-art engineering equipment.
The programmes students engage with when an Ingenuity Studio visits their school will demonstrate NMiTE’s teaching approach, provide a very different prospective of what careers in engineering are all about, and help each school’s wider educational objectives by building skills in collaborative working and creative approaches to problem solving. The Ingenuity Studios will be designed in collaboration with schools, students and industry partners over the next few months and will begin touring nationwide early in the 2018/2019 school year.
Janusz Kozinski, CEO and Founding President of NMiTE said: “We’re so excited about this project. I’m delighted that the Garfield Weston Foundation Trustees share our vision to reinvigorate the perception of engineering amongst the next generation. We want to challenge the belief that engineering is only about building tunnels and bridges. Our Ingenuity Studios will be packed with the the most up-to-date equipment and the most innovative educators to help us show young people what engineering is really about: creativity, innovation and problem solving.”
Philippa Charles from Garfield Weston said: “We are always on the look out for innovative projects that inspire young people to explore and achieve their potential. We hope that NMiTE’s new hands-on approach, combined with the state of the art mobile Ingenuity Studios, will reach a wide range of young people who otherwise might never consider pursuing higher education or a career in engineering.”
About Garfield Weston Foundation
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totalling over £60million each year. 2018 also marks its £1billionth donation since it was established.
One of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twining’s, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason amongst others – a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations.
From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.