Monday, December 18th, 2017.

Laidlaw Schools Trust young engineers at Reece Group

Reece Group graduate engineer Amish Patel with academy pupils

Budding engineers from Laidlaw Schools Trust academies toured a top engineering plant as the culmination of an exciting STEM Challenge.

The youngsters from Westgate Hill, Atkinson Road and Rainbird Primary Academies were guided around Reece Group’s factory on Scotswood Road, Newcastle.

The engineering giant has worked closely with the schools and the Success4All charity on a STEM Challenge to spark pupils’ enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths.

Children worked for six weeks designing and refining their own model aircraft to see who could perfect a plane to fly the furthest carrying the heaviest weight.

Reece Group graduate engineers Chris Freeburn and Amish Patel showed the pupils around the plant, explaining the wealth of expertise and equipment employed by the company to work with its global client base.

Joe Temple, Excelsior Academy Subject Development Leader of Engineering and Construction, headed up the project with Success4All – a charity which equips and empowers young people for successful careers.

“The idea of the project is to involve as many students as we can from the primary schools, to get the pupils engaged with STEM subjects early on so they have been bitten by the buzz and the excitement of STEM before they reach secondary school,” said Joe.

“We are working with Success4All who are funding a series of six-week STEM projects to run throughout the year.”

Organisers have stressed to pupils the breadth of highly successful careers that STEM subjects open up to young people.