40 young people have been inspired by attending the pilot Saturday Engineering Club in 2016, thanks to strong support from donors boosted by Kingston University’s Development, Alumni Relations and Events (DARE) team.
The Saturday Engineering Club team have been working closely with DARE over the past 18 months to secure funding for their work.
Thanks to the support of donors like the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Santander, and the success of the pilot led by Professor Edith Sim and Dr Lisa Pritchard, the network has grown to four clubs in 2016: the University of Westminster, Coleg Sir Gar (Llanelli), Ravensbourne and Kingston.
There will be a potential 10 clubs in 2017. Kingston’s Saturday Engineering Club is the first of its kind to offer collaborative sessions with the Art and Design Saturday Club.
“There is an increasing amount of collaboration between scientific disciplines as well as between science, and art and design. At the Saturday club we are introducing students to this collaborative way of working,” said Lisa Pritchard, STEM Outreach Officer. “The community impact is not exclusive to school pupils, either. Our undergraduate student ambassadors involved develop their skills too.”
“The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is thrilled to be working closely with DARE. Getting Santander and the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers on board is a major achievement that they should be proud of,” said Lucy Jones, Vice-Dean of SEC.
“One highlight of working with DARE was having the funders visit the Club to see the immediate impact of their funding. We’re grateful for the time and effort DARE has put into securing this funding,” said Lisa Pritchard.
Saturday Engineering Club gives young people aged 14-16 the opportunity to study science and engineering in a fun and informal university environment, working with some of the country’s leading practitioners and academics.
Professor Edith Sim, Emeritus Dean of the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing at Kingston, is very actively involved with the roll out of the Clubs, working closely with the Sorrel Foundation.