Social responsibility

Mabey Hire STEM Education Programme

Encouraging the next generation of engineers.

At Mabey Hire, we know how varied, fascinating and rewarding a career in engineering can be. With engineering expertise at the heart of who we are, we have a responsibility to secure the future of the engineering profession – and our business – by encouraging the next generation of engineers.

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95%

of children who completed the programme would consider a career in engineering

16

weeks for school children to gain an introduction to eight different engineering activities

12

children per class means that the learning can be fun, hands-on and highly interactive

We wondered what inspired our engineers to go into the profession. Some followed in their parents’ footsteps, others were introduced to it in a fun way, but a common theme was that they were introduced to it at an early age.

So we developed a 16-week programme for school children aged 10-13 with fun at its core. We piloted it in 2017 and had fantastic feedback from school children and teachers alike. And we saw a transformation take place before our eyes - at the end of the programme we had a number of budding engineers, with 95 per cent of the children who took part saying they would now consider a career in engineering.

What is the Mabey Hire STEM Education Programme?

It’s a 16 week programme that gives school children the opportunity to learn basic engineering principles in a hands-on, fun way.

In 90 minute after-school clubs, our team of STEM Ambassadors help children aged 10-13 improve their awareness and perceptions of the engineering and construction sectors. Using LEGO® Education materials and our bespoke ‘mission mat’, students explore six core topics which challenge their mathematical, problem solving and strategic thinking skills. The lessons cover eight different engineering activities including beam balance, power car, tower crane and bridges.

Students get to experience the future of technology in construction by visiting some of the world’s most iconic structures – such as the Sydney Opera House or Eiffel Tower – in a LEGO® VR World, seeking out statistics and facts as they aim to complete tasks.

Don't just take our word for it!

Hear from the children themselves.

We spoke to some of the schoolchildren at the start of the programme to see whether you really can inspire a generation of engineers in just 16 weeks.

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