Irchester News- Year 4 are starting their Primary Engineer Leaders Award

Year 4 are starting their journey to get a Primary Engineers Leaders Award . To get the award, they will have to solve a problem by thinking like an engineer. They will submit their ideas to see if get gets picked by the engineer judges to be built for real!

To get prepared and find out more about engineers, year 4 have interviewed a design engineer and a civil engineer to find out what their jobs are about. Our first Visitor was Mr Clarke, he is a Design engineer who helped year four find out more about all the many different types of engineers, as well as the process all engineers go through to to solve a problem. The year fours tried to match different names of engineers and pictures so we tried it out as well: Darcie thought it was interesting because she didn’t know there were so many types of engineer. Cheryl thought it was interesting because some of the names of the engineers were easy and some were hard.

Our second visiting engineer Mr Smith was a civil engineer, who told us about all the stages of becoming an engineer, and how he has helped to build all sort of things from hospitals to bridges!

Here are some explanations that children told us about what they learnt…

Catrina and Rosalyn: “They built a bridge in America 1940 and it collapsed because the designers didn’t think about the wind.”

Austin: “Oil can come from below the ocean, petrochemical engineers work to get it and turn it into fuel.”

Leonardo: “I enjoyed and  found it  interesting, my  favourite fact is that the first engineer was 5000 years ago and an ancient Egyptian”

Year 4 will get to interview several more engineers before they start to think like an engineer to come up with their own solution to a problem. Good Luck year 4!

By Miss Draper, Cheryl and Darcie.

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