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Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

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Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by CalvinTheEngineer on Oct 17, 2018 10:25 am

My daughter is 11 and loves all things STEM! However they don’t do a lot of science at school and I want to make sure she stays interested in the subject.

I am clueless about engineering and I was hoping to get some advice about interesting activities to inspire her.

I'm a single mum and money is tight, so big expensive things are out – any suggestions on what I can do?

Looking for inspiration - Brighton
 
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Re: Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by Roy Bowdler on Jan 4, 2019 4:34 pm

Wow what a creative burst of energy! Its great to see some unfamiliar names in the forums.

For those who have the wherewithal, there numerous possibilities in the USA. Seattle is great if aviation pushes the right buttons, including the world’s biggest shed. Even a look round some of the websites might inspire an interest. One of my nieces has an “American Dream”.

 

Re: Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by Stuart Smiles on Jan 5, 2019 3:48 pm

went to seattle round boeing factory. that was an amazing experience, also vancouver test track of paccar,ad themuseum of flight, caterpillar do at the seattle thing up in the air. all amazing, but thought it was a bit out of the way to suggest. 

also if it's your thing, go to the regular talks that microsoft do at reading, cisco at bedfont lakes etc. find the people who have a large base nearby, and you're likely to see events on their websites, also look at the universities. 

if you're into computers, there are bsides talks about how to hack, which usually have younger person tracks too, ones in manchester, leeds, london, glasgow etc. 
also events around bigger exhibitions, however they're usually in london, so may have to travel if not based there, and british computer society. depends on where you are in the country and what you feel would be cool. (remeber you have to enjoy it too). i think it's most about imparting enthusiasm and then from that hopefully a love will come in time. 
that's what i'm going for but she's only 3 at the minute, so a lot more to do.
 

Re: Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by Stuart Smiles on Jan 5, 2019 4:21 pm

have you seen the royal society christmas lectures on the telly on bbc4? 

they are dedicated to this task of getting kids bought into science, so would be a good thing to inspire and get some of the concepts. have a look at the website here. http://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/ 

there is an annual ballot for the next ones, but if you get registered, they can find out about next year's and see what they have coming up in the mean time. 

watch them a few times, together and see if some of the concepts as explained make some sense and can be engaged with it. 

here is a link to previous ones, pick one and see if it takes your fancy. 

http://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures/watch

this years one will still be on iplayer, they're only there for 28 days so need to watch soon. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0001r5p/royal-institution-christmas-lectures-2018-who-am-i-3-what-makes-me-me 

also go to see recycling in action at local waste site, can see all types of engineering at the same time, in one place. from the original post, i see you are based around brighton, so try a chat with rabbit recycling and see what they say. i'm sure they'd be inclined to show someone interested in engineering around their plant, machinery etc, and she can understand how things work by seeing real things in action, rather than described in a classroom. 
have a look at the university's website and see if you can get her to open days, because she's young they'll want to show her the good things and should be able to tailor the stuff to what she expresses interest in. 

university links
engineering homepage

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/subject-areas/engineering-and-construction/engineering/index.aspx 

engineering blog
http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/engineering/?_ga=2.145077940.1416307839.1546705636-1768971549.1546705636 

open days
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/visit-us/open-days/index.aspx 

if you can get to woking, ask for a visit of the maclaren factory. it's meant to be the best factory/visit ever.
 

 

Re: Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by Stuart Smiles on Jan 5, 2019 5:12 pm

looked for engineering, this is what i found straight away which may be interesting on ted.com

network to opportunities 
https://www.ted.com/talks/tanya_menon_the_secret_to_great_opportunities_the_person_you_haven_t_met_yet#t-164214

building a jet suit: (and flying at the end)

https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_browning_how_i_built_a_jet_suit?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

fast car:


http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/

learning for self


https://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud 




 

Re: Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by Mehmood Birdi on Apr 5, 2019 6:00 pm

You can view practically every aspect of life, including STEM based subjects, experiments, and inventions on YouTube. ☺

Re: Calvin Asks: How can I keep my daughter inspired in engineering subjects?

Posted by John Sim on Apr 8, 2019 3:49 pm

Date an engineer.

I'm free on Tuesday.
 

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