BEAMISH Museum has been handed a £120,000 grant to inspire the next generation of young engineers.
The Reece Foundation – which was set up by the late engineer and businessman Dr Alan Reece, to promote manufacturing and support education relating to engineering, maths and physics – has given the museum a grant to help spark young people’s passion for Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related subjects.
We are overjoyed to receive this grant and it really will make a huge difference in helping us to nurture the next generation of engineers and Stem students.Richard Evans, Beamish director
The three-year project aims to engage 10,000 children from across the North East in related activities, develop engineering apprenticeships, and encourage positive attitudes towards Stem subjects, increasing the number of young people who go on to study them. The campaign also aims to increase youth volunteering at the museum’s Regional Heritage Engineering Centre and raise awareness of the North East’s pioneering contribution to engineering.
Beamish director Richard Evans, said: “We are overjoyed to receive this grant and it really will make a huge difference in helping us to nurture the next generation of engineers and Stem students.”
A Stem learning co-ordinator will be appointed to create activities using Beamish’s site, collections, stories and events, with inspiration from the region’s celebrated engineers.
The co-ordinator will work with businesses, schools, colleges and universities to link classroom learning, visits to Beamish and real-life problem-solving.
Plans for a Stem-themed “marketplace” to showcase the region’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies to schools, colleges and young people are in the pipeline.
Simon Woolley, Beamish’s head of learning, said: “This fantastic grant will allow us to celebrate the incredible world-leading innovations of the region’s past in ways that will inspire children’s learning.
“Enabling young people to understand the creative solutions found in the past will ultimately inspire them to seek innovative ways of solving scientific and technological problems of today.”