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15 March 2018

Staff from BWB Manchester went back to school on Tuesday to show pupils at The Olive Tree Primary School in Bolton what exciting career opportunities there are in engineering. Associate Structural Engineer Steve Reynolds and Senior Technician Saima hosted interactive workshops and presentation sessions entitled ‘I’m an Engineer…Get Me Out of Here!’.

The pair set each class the challenge of building load bearing structures using household products such as straws, to demonstrate engineering principles. They also presented talks about what they do at work and how they started out in the industry followed by question and answer sessions with the children. Saima and Steve visited multiple classes from Years 1 through to 5, which meant they got to promote engineering careers to around 300 youngsters.

Saima, whose nephews attend the school, said: “It was great to talk to the children about what engineers and technicians do and how engineering impacts our surroundings. We were also amazed at some of the structures the kids came up with, clearly some engineers of the future in there!”.

The event was organised as part of the school’s STEAM Week activities, which are designed to give the students the opportunity to speak to experts in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics and learn about careers in those industries.