28 March, 2024

East End Pupils get a Taste for Engineering of the Future

Over a hundred and fifty pupils from the east end of Glasgow have graduated as FunSTEM Industrial Cadets after taking part in a renewable energy project which aims to inspire young people about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.



Primary six and seven pupils from Wellshot, Dalmarnock, Riverbank, Eastbank, and Quarry Brae primary schools gathered at Eastbank Academy for a Celebration & Assessment Graduation event where the teams of pupils delivered their presentations to a panel of volunteer assessors from local industry.


As part of the project, groups of pupils take on the role of engineers and entrepreneurs to design and market a product that generates sustainable energy. The pupils were challenged, over a six week period, to build a model of their renewable energy project, design an advertisement poster and deliver a short presentation at the graduation event to a group of volunteer assessors from local industry.


Funded by Clyde Gateway, the activities are delivered by the Engineering Development Trust, an educational charity which aims to connect young people with industry and inspire them to pursue a career in STEM.



Other supporters of the project at Eastbank Academy include Mace, FES, Hully & Kirkwood, Vital Energy, Kelvin Controls, Scottish Water Horizon and Glasgow University.


On completion of the project pupils receive their official accreditation and Industrial Cadets Challenger award.



Sandra Hendry, Project Manager at Clyde Gateway said: It’s really important for our young people to see the opportunities and jobs that exist within the flourishing green economy. As part of our commitment to transform local communities we are investing in young people so that they can achieve their full potential and grasp the opportunities that net zero presents, whilst also creating a more positive “future for our planet.”


Leigh-Ann Scott, Depute Head Teacher at Eastbank Academy, added: “STEM can provide so many potential career paths across a variety of sectors. We actively encourage our pupils to pursue these opportunities and working with the Engineering Development Trust we can deliver lessons that are fun and more engaging than traditional lessons.


“It’s heartening to see the kids so enthusiastic and passionate about their projects and I hope this kickstarts their development of skills that will be vital in the future.”


Ciara Duffy, Scotland Direct from Engineering Development Trust, added: “EDT Scotland’s Industrial Cadets FunSTEM project is a unique opportunity for young people to experience exciting STEM-based learning and opportunities as part of their transition from Primary to Secondary School. It’s so satisfying to see the impact this project has had on these young people. I would like to say a huge thank you to Clyde Gateway for supporting this project and informing the young people of the Green Energy projects they are delivering in the community.


EDT would also like to thank the teachers and pupils along with the volunteers from Clyde Gateway and partners who make this program such a success.”



Pupil, Wellshot Primary School – “In this learning process I found working with people and making new friends interesting and also being creative in the way of figuring out our design idea.”