Learning to think like designers and engineers; the 'Future Brunels' three years on
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Each year for the past three years, twelve young people from four Bristol schools have been chosen to join a five year programme designed to inspire them to become the next generation of Brunels. Over the course of each academic year, they have participated in a variety of activities and visits to explore different aspects of science and engineering. This initiative, currently shortlisted for two prestigious awards: Museums and Heritage award for Education 2014 and a South West Impact award, is one of the ways in which the ss Great Britain Trust is working to fulfil its second charitable goal, of educating the public about maritime history, science and engineering.
At the Festival of Education, the Future Brunels from school years 8, 9 and 10 and staff from ss Great Britain Trust will outline the programme, using the photographs and records they have produced. After their presentation, the audiences will be invited to join Future Brunels and browse through more photographs at stands prepared by each of the three yeargroups. Staff from ss Great Britain Trust and the GSoE who will also be available for discussion about the activities, the Future Brunels Programme, and copies of a GSoE Evaluation report will also be available.
Professor Judith Squires (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Bristol).
The Future Brunels
The Future Brunels programme aims to encourage more children to consider a career in science and engineering and is seen as pioneering by sector leaders. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (The LRF) is the principal supporter of ss Great Britain Trust’’s education initiatives which includes the Future Brunels programme. The LRF helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. Additional, significant support for the programme has been received from the Society of Merchant Venturers.