Designing an Engineering Outreach Programme to maximise impact

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This study looks into the design of outreach programmes meant to inspire young students to pursue a degree and a career in engineering. However, this does not reduce to reaching out to potential students only, it extends to including teachers, parents and the wider community in the conversation. Given the wide range of backgrounds and personal circumstances of the intended recipients of an outreach programme, we need to ensure we deliver diverse activities in diverse settings. This paper presents the activities offered by the
School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) at the University of Bristol, discussing our strategy, reach and impact, identified following initial evaluation. However, the question is what else could be done in terms of activities and other engagement opportunities and what resources are necessary (human and financial) in order to support a comprehensive outreach strategy. At the same time, evaluating the impact of such programmes presents many challenges, the impact being difficult to measure in many situations. Our findings confirm that it is very important to ensure that all stakeholders
(students, schools, teachers, parents, universities, communities) work together to maximise the effectiveness of outreach activities/opportunities and that their collective efforts should lead to a slow, but necessary cultural change around education, which would benefit all fields, not only engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6 th Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network
Place of PublicationUniversity of Portsmouth: Portsmouth
Number of pages279
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 86137 669 5
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2019

Structured keywords

  • Engineering Education Research Group


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