Osborne to rollout Mabey Hire’s STEM Education Programme
Mabey Hire secures further industry support for its STEM Education Programme, which launched earlier this year
Mabey Hire is delighted to announce that leading construction and solutions provider Osborne has rolled out The Mabey STEM Education Programme in a secondary school in Southampton. The immersive 16-week course was launched by Mabey Hire to inspire young children to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and consider careers in civil engineering.
Thought to be the UK’s first civil engineering focussed programme, the 16-week course uses LEGO® Education materials to enable students to learn basic engineering principles in a hands-on, fun and engaging way.
Osborne joined the programme in April, onboarding a school in Southampton, which it will work with for the rest of the school term. The company will use customised course materials to cover mathematical challenges and nine different engineering activities including beam balance, freewheeler, power car, gear racer, tower crane, robot arm, scissor lift, watch tower and bridge. To consolidate the learning, they’ll use Mabey Hire’s bespoke ‘mission mat’ – a visual learning tool which encourages students to apply learning and problem solving to achieve an end goal.
Malcom Attrill, Engineering Manager, Osborne, comments: “Many young people lose interest in STEM subjects by their mid-teens, so capturing their enthusiasm early is key. The Mabey STEM Education Programme provides a great means of doing this by using LEGO® to bring engineering to life. This fun way of learning the underlying principles provides a catalyst to students when choosing STEM options and embarking on a rewarding career in civil engineering.”
Gordon MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Mabey Hire adds: “Since launching our programme, we’ve seen a demand from our customers wanting to rollout the programme themselves, which demonstrates the great need to address the lack of STEM skills among our future workforce. We’re delighted to have Osborne on board and can’t wait to see the results from the course they’re running in Southampton.”
Created by Mabey Hire’s Engineering Director Dave Holland and Digital Engineer Andrew Gascoine, Mabey Hire continues to run the full programme to children across three schools in Manchester, Glasgow and Wigan, which are located close to some of Mabey’s largest depots, alongside leading contractor Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, which has just completed its rollout of the programme in a school in Rugby.
Click here for more information on the Mabey STEM Education Programme, including testimonials, photographs and videos from the pilot programme.