Maker{Move}, Think like an Engineer!

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What is the project?
We are really excited to announce our new Maker{Move} project – Think like an Engineer!
With generous funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious fund, the project brings together innovative engineers from a broad and diverse range of engineering disciplines, with school children, families and communities in South Yorkshire.

It is important that young people know about the exciting opportunities to study and work in a range of sectors, including engineering. But a question we often get asked is “What exactly is engineering?” We want to support engineers and help them communicate to the general public, what it is exactly that they do!

Engineers commonly use a design process that involves thinking, developing ideas, making and testing and a big part of their work involves iteration and improving ideas and design. We think these are really important thinking routines that can be useful in other areas of life too. That is why our project will support children to develop this process to Think like an Engineer!

How the project will work in light of COVID-19
This project was planned and funded well before we were faced with a world of social distancing and partially open schools and originally our plan was to deliver workshops with our Maker{Move} mobile makerspace, packed full of high- tech resources including 3D printing, VR and robotics, as well as low- tech activities like woodworking, building your own bike and making circuits out of playdough!
Due to the current situation, though, our plans (as so it is of many) had to change and Maker{Futures} has been busy designing an alternative to school trips and external visitors.
The project will run from January to March, allowing classes the flexibility to plan activities at times to suit them and each participating school will receive a Maker{Kit} (worth £150) and access to ten specially designed class activities, suitable for foundation stage to year 6.
At least three classes will need to participate in the project, but if schools wish, every class can be involved (equipment will need to be cleaned or quarantines between use by different classes). Activities are designed for teachers to run in class in a day (or two afternoons), but may be extended by teachers if they wish. Each class can choose to do one or more activity. Each has been co-designed with real engineers and include projects such as design and make paper plane launchers, eco-house design and making light-up wands. Specialist equipment and resources are provided in the kit, however schools may need to source additional extras such as cardboard, newspaper, glue and craft resources. Each participating class will have access to guidance and support via Google Classroom.

Experts and engineers will be available during the project to answer children’s questions and support the activities via optional online class meetings during February and March and schools will be able to showcase their work at an online celebration event for the participating schools on 10th March, during National Science Week. Classes will be able to join in the celebration event to see what other schools have been getting up to. 

Further details are available HERE.


Engineers – Get involved!

Are you an engineer or work in the engineering or digital sector based in South Yorkshire? You might be a postgraduate student, apprentice or at the forefront of groundbreaking research. We would love you to get involved!

    What you will get from being involved:
• Satisfaction that you are actively helping to support the next generation of innovative problem solvers.
• Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB) to allow you to visit schools and work with children or vulnerable adults.
• Enrollment into the national STEM Ambassador Scheme, plus recognition through the scheme for your contribution to STEM engagement.
• Support and mentoring in outreach activity, design and delivery.

    How you will contribute to the project:
• Attend the introduction & training online session
• Engage in an activity/workshop to ideate & design suitable outreach activities.
• Volunteer to support 2-3 outreach online meetings with schools, libraries or community events, where you will be engage children and families in a range of fun STEAM activities (January- June ‘21).
• Partake in the evaluation process to help us and the RAEng to improve what we do

    Key dates
• Introduction & training online sessions: Wednesday 27th January 2021 10am-12pm (Google Meet)
• Schools & Community online outreach sessions – planned for January – June 2021

Engineers Register  for the next Training Event on

27th January 2021, 10am – 12pm Register HERE!


Schools, Libraries & Community groups in South Yorkshire
Please, let us know if you are interested in joining the project and to see how you can be involved.
All schools are invited, but priority will be given to schools situated in the top 20% most deprived neighbourhoods or those with above 60% pupils from BAME backgrounds.