Children in Gloucestershire have been able to gain hands-on experience in engineering through free virtual workshops provided by Renishaw.
The engineering technology company based in Wotton-under-Edge ran a series of online courses in 3D printing and Scratch coding for children in Key Stage 2 and 3.
Children on the 3D printing course were able to design a fridge magnet or phone stand, which Renishaw 3D printed and posted out, while participants on the virtual coding course were able to design a game using block code.
The virtual sessions were hosted live on Microsoft Teams and ended with a Q&A with Renishaw staff, giving children a chance to learn how these skills are used in a real-world context.
Education outreach officer at Renishaw, Simon Biggs, said: ‘We’re investing in education because our future engineers are students in school today.
‘We may not be able to physically visit classrooms and host practical workshops at the moment, however, we can still provide a hands-on environment in these virtual workshops that gives students an insight into the vibrant world of engineering.’
For more information, call Renishaw on (01453) 524524.