Project Resources

Conference Presentations and Posters

Delegates attending the Engineering the Future Conference heard from speakers from the Scottish Government Schools Directorate, industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Learning and Teaching Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow. View the speakers' PowerPoint presentations to find out why engineering matters and the need for an integrated approach to promoting engineering.

The school-university partnerships produced PowerPoint posters illustrating the engineering activities they developed that promote understanding, awareness and experience of engineering as science and technology in action.

Engineering the Future Teaching Activities

These materials were developed by school-university partnerships; collaborative networks of school and university staff in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) created by the Engineering the Future project. The partnerships enabled staff and students from schools and universities to work together to create exciting and innovative programmes for school pupils, supported by world leading engineering research groups. These materials have already been trialled successfully in secondary schools across Scotland.

In the words of pupils involved: 'It's more fun, so you want to know more about physics.' - 'A lot of work: challenging but you've accomplished something, it 'clicks' and you remember it.' - '... instead of being told step by step what to do you get to vary it yourself.' - '... it just made you feel really smart once you'd done it.'

There is an urgent economic need to embed and highlight engineering in the school curriculum. Engineering, the application of scientific and mathematical knowledge to practical issues, needs and problems, is fundamental to the creation of new technologies and sustainable industries. Engineering requires and supports the development of high levels of scientific and mathematical competence in the service of useful design, creativity, innovative thinking and problem-solving. It requires and fosters the confidence, drive, determination to succeed, teamwork and business acumen necessary to promote economic enterprise. There is an economic need for a larger number of engineers, high level engineering graduates and very capable technician engineers, with such skills to build a strong indigenous high-tech economic base.

We hope that you find these materials useful.