Learning to be an Engineer - report presented to the Royal Academy of Engineers


Learning to be an Engineer - Tinker Tailor Robot Pi report

The Tinker Tailor Robot Pi project, which has encouraged primary and secondary teachers to interpret what it means for pupils to learn through ‘tinkering’ has led to real strides being made to bring together science, computing and design technology lessons, and to promote a desire for engineering in mainstream classrooms. Incorporating the Manchester Robot Orchestra, a citizen science project, teachers from the project co-created the lesson experiences, with the stimulus of engineers so that pupils developed Engineering Habits of Mind, highlighted the new education report.  

Experts featured in the report, entitled ‘Learning to be an engineer’, call for more “tinkering” and "playful experimentation" as a means to encourage more young people to think like engineers and to consider this exciting field for their future careers.

The findings have been co-authored by Dr Lynne Bianchi, Director of Science and Engineering Education and Research Innovation Hub (SEERIH) at The University of Manchester.

You can read the report here

Great Science Share 2016 short-listed for Making a Difference Award

Great Science Share 2016 shortlisted for Making a Difference Award

The Great Science Share 2016 has been shortlisted for the prestigious Making a Difference Awards in the category of 'Outstanding professional support services, library and cultural institutions’ support for social responsibility'

The Making a Difference Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of University of Manchester staff, students, alumni and external partners and celebrate how they are making a difference.

Through the Science Window CPD Courses

Through the Science Window CPD Courses  - final workshops of 2016-17 are taking place in May.

Through the Science Window courses are one-day, one-off courses led by recognised experts in their field on key topics in primary science and engineering.

Up and coming dates are 2nd May 2017  - Making Primary Science Meaningful, and 16th May - SEERIH Hackathon – making KS2 DT and Science meaningful through computing.  



TERRIFIC SCIENTIFIC - The BBC Learning Campaign. 

You can now register at http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific. This national campaign will provide schools with five big science experiments to get involved in. Initially for Year 5 and 6 in 2016-2017 and then for younger age groups. More information canbe found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific

Smart Pickings - order your copy now

SMART PICKINGS - order your copy now! 

Smart Pickings - a new children's science book full to the brim of their own investigations! An accessible way to teach children to wonder and develop their own scientific ideas.

Dr Lynne Bianchi's new book 'Smart Pickings' is now available from Millgate House Publishers or via Amazon.

Visit: http://www.millgatehouse.co.uk/product/smart-pickings/ to order your copy now.

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Women of Wonder

Aspiring scientists and engineers wowed by University’s women of wonder

Youngsters from across Greater Manchester were wowed by the inspiration given to them by The University of Manchester’s own Women of Wonder.

Dozens of Year 9 and 10 students from schools representing Manchester, Bury and Rochdale gathered at the University’s North Campus as part of a University-led campaign to inspire girls to pursue their ambitions to study science and engineering.

The students were welcomed by the University’s own Women of Wonder, including Rachel Brealey, the Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University. Rachel, a science graduate of the University, is now one of its senior managers and leading a £360million project to build a state-of-the-art engineering campus for the next generation of students. She explained that a science or engineering qualification opened up huge opportunities for women in the workplace.


“I love my role – when I meet our academic staff, I am always discovering new and exciting work they are pioneering." Rachel Brealey


Professor Danielle George was also speaking at the event, who has just been awarded an MBE. Danielle, a professor of radio frequency engineering and Vice-Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University, received her honour in recognition of her contribution to engineering through public engagement. She has worked tirelessly to bring science, technology and engineering to life, encouraging young people to start careers in science and engineering through a variety of engaging talks and citizen science experiments - including a Robot Orchestra that has involved schools from across the region.

Other Women of Wonder included Dr Caroline Jay, Dr Louise Natrajan, Dr Louise Walker Dr Delia Vazquez, Dr Rowan Smith, and event organiser Dr Lynne Bianchi.

Dr  Bianch leads the University’s Fascinate campaign, which works with local schools to ensure young people retain their fascination and enthusiasm to study science and engineering. The Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub is behind the Fascinate campaign.

Women of Wonder highlights and celebrates women who are making a difference in the fields of science and engineering at The University of Manchester.

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