3DW's school engagement programme involves working with groups of 30 students per day, the students work in teams which are tasked with designing an offshore wind farm. They start by assigning themselves roles (e.g. Project Manager, PR Advisor, Financial manager) and then start to plan a wind farm using maps, taking into account a host of different planning constraints.
They then visualise their designs in 3D software developed by 3DW and are able to fly around their creations using a VR headset. They must undertake financial modelling over the 25-year lifespan of the project then give a presentation to the rest of the class explaining and promoting their project. These sessions also help develop teamwork, presentation skills and other employment skills. The project also promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills.
Minimum of 15 participants, maximum of 30 participants.
Full school day.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects
Learning what the engineering workplace is like
Develop engineering employability skills
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.
Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.
Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.
Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.
Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.
Introduction 2 Engineering stimulates student's interest in STEM subjects through hands-on, practical activities using the Micro:bit!
Request a virtual 1-2-1 career talk with a professional from an engineering or construction company.