SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs programme celebrates £5000 grant from engineering institutions

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) provides support for UK-based educational projects that increase engineering knowledge in young people

YESC is celebrating after receiving a £5000 grant from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) is a Scotland wide primary and secondary school education programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and supported by public and private sector members. For more than 30 years YESC has played a leading role in growing interest and sparking enthusiasm in STEM subjects. There are now more almost 1,600 schools and clubs in our network across all 32 local authorities in Scotland.

YESC’s projects inspire children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Pupils work alongside teachers, real engineers and scientists putting problem-solving skills to the test on themed investigations that feed their curiosity and fire their imagination.

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS), which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

Thomas Wild, Programme Manager of YESC said: “We are delighted to have received the Engineering Education Grant, allowing us to grow this fantastic project and bring it to more to more teachers and pupils. It is through generous support of organisations like the IET and the IMechE that we are able to support our network of almost 1600 STEM clubs across Scotland and help pupils to develop the skills and knowledge needed now and in the future.”

Dr Colin Brown, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “Lighting Up the Curriculum for Excellence” project is a fantastic example of the kind of projects the EEGS scheme aims to promote. The UK is facing a critical engineering skills shortage and showing young people how creative and exciting engineering can be, is a key way of inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.”

David Lakin, Head of Education at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates and apprentices to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children – girls as well as boys – are attracted to, and choose to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The IET is investing considerable resource in EEGS to support vital projects like Lighting Up the Curriculum for Excellence, which highlight the exciting, creative and rewarding world of engineering careers to young people.”

There are two levels of funding available in the EEGS. Awards of up to £5000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.