Earlier this month, we were honoured to be included at a top level Engineering Education workshop held in London organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
The event sought to unlock what needs to be done to enhance the numbers (particularly of women) and quality of young people studying and training in engineering beyond the age of eighteen. 35 leading thinkers in engineering and STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) education, from schools, higher education and industry were in attendance. Attendees heard about the successful introduction of engineering principles into the core curriculum of schools across Massachusetts and many other US states. An overriding message was the need to inculcate engineering habits of mind at engineering level through ‘real world’ problem based learning so as to produce ‘socially aware’ graduates. A full report, together with key practical recommendations will be published in the Autumn.