This is evening I am giving a presentation at a meeting at the Institution of Civil Engineers about resources that engineering ambassadors can use when running activities at schools to inspire school children about engineering.
We recognised about a year ago that the teaching on tools Workshed (originally design to support HE learning) would be appealing to anyone interested in talking about engineering in schools. In April of this year, the Institution of Structural Engineers Educational Trust funded the creation of a series of teaching resources aimed at schools, hosted in a new area of Workshed called School Staffroom.
This evening I will be talking about the various parts of Workshed and how the School Staffroom teacher packs can help these be used in classrooms.
The School Staffroom currently contains:
- Bridges Investigation Project – a student project in which students are asked to carry out an investigation into a local bridge. The tools on workshed can be used to support their investigation
- Bridge Building Competition – a student competition in which students challenged to build a bridge and then test it to destruction.
- Materials factfile – an interactive PDF that can be projected onto a white board and used to directly link to resources on Workshed related to material behaviour
- Bridges factfile – an interactive PDF that can be projected onto a white board and used to directly link to resources on Workshed related to material behaviour
Tying it all together is a Bridge Builders Teacher Pack that relates the activities and resources above to curriculum deliverables for KS3 and KS4 Maths, Science and Design and Technology.
I hope the presentation provides attendees with ideas for how they can use Workshed in schools. I would be delighted if anyone who attended the presentation wanted to continue the conversation. To do by dropping me a comment below…