In March 2014 The Times Cheltenham Science Festival was delighted to offer primary teachers the opportunity to attend a free STEM CPD course, kindly hosted by All Saint’s Academy, Cheltenham.

Funded by the EU, the ENGINEER project aims to support the teaching of science and design & technology in primary schools. Teaching materials have been developed for ten practical units that link aspects of the science curriculum with relevant engineering design challenges.

We worked with staff from the UK partner – Science Oxford – to offer a free training course to primary school teachers who wanted to run ENGINEER activities in their schools. Delivered by experienced trainers from Science Oxford, this hands-on one-day course enabled teachers to try out some of the activities and to explore ways of using and adapting the units in their schools. Participants received a box of equipment and a memory stick with a comprehensive teacher guide for each of the 10 design challenges, including presentation slides and pupil worksheets. The units are aimed at upper KS2 although many can be adapted for younger pupils.

A fantastic session which provided ‘ready-made’ activities which can be taken directly into a classroom.


Very useful, great to have so many innovative ideas, and to hear of so many interesting ways to spruce up some potentially boring areas within the curriculum


See a video clip of the activities in action!

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