Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Improving reputation whilst benefitting the local community and improving local understanding of science

Making a heat exchanger prior to a site visit

Why not use the next few weeks while the schools are on the long summer holiday to think about getting your industry/site better known in the local community?

Working with local primary schools has so many advantages to your business. The flagship primary project from CIEC (Centre for Industry Education Collaboration) is the Children Challenging Industry Project (CCI).

One of CIEC’s Advisory Teachers works with one class at a time by going into school and carrying out science activities with an industrial context with the class. The class teacher observes and joins in. The culmination of the sessions is a visit to a local industry where the children can see the science they have been doing in school translated into industry.

The result is the children’s science results improve, they remember the whole experience for years afterwards and many of them become interested in working in the science industries. The primary teachers gain excellent CPD in their own school and the local industries find that not only do the local children and community benefit but the experience of working with the children and schools promotes job satisfaction.

Children Challenging Industry runs in the north of England and the Hertfordshire area. If your company is interested in getting involved (wherever you are) please contact either Joy Parvin or Gayle Pook (Co-directors of CIEC) at ciec@york.ac.uk