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Children Challenging Industry (CCI)

CCI increases both primary school children's and teachers' awareness of STEM careers and industries and raises children's science capital.

Children Challenging Industry (CCI)

CCI is a unique programme where children, teachers and STEM professionals from industry collaborate, under expert supervision and guidance from the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC), University of York.

The programme combines fully-resourced in-class hands-on practical investigative science, visits to industry, and whole staff CPD.

One teacher and their class receive 2 half days of in-school support from a highly experienced advisory teacher, plus all the resources and lesson plans to deliver a third session.

Next, the class undertake an interactive visit to industry (typically a morning event), in which children meet engineers and scientists who relate their work to the science the children have carried out in the previous 3 classroom sessions.

Finally, a 60-minute CPD session for teachers is intended to encourage a whole-school approach to developing children’s science capital. There is an option to sign-up for ongoing e-support for all staff carrying out their subsequent action plan over 2-3 terms, and a completion certificate.

Teachers have been delighted with the way in which classroom sessions help to reinforce and revise concepts for end of Key Stage 2 teacher assessments in science.

Capacity and locations

The programme is available for groups of up to 35 students in the East of England, Humber, and North East regions.


Between £285-£300 (depending on the region) thanks to heavy subsidies by the industry partner paired with the primary schools.


5 sessions - including 1 for whole school staff, 1 half-day site visit, 3 half-day in-class sessions (2 delivered by CIEC).



Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering


  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Materials
  • Rocks
  • Electricity
  • Earth and space
  • Seasonal changes
  • Forces
  • States of matter
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Observing and measuring
  • Recording data
  • Interpreting and communicating results
  • Evaluating

Essential skills

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:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

Good for a career in...

  • Aircraft
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Space
What the teachers say

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