About engineering futures
At the Happold Foundation, we want to make sure that we as engineers fulfill our potential to improve lives and communities around the globe.
To make this happen, we need creative, enthusiastic and talented young people to join us in the industry. That’s why we are committed to working with schools and colleges to ignite that first spark of intrigue in the built environment.
From running workshops with primary schools to offering work placements to sixth form students, we are dedicated to improving learning experiences in Maths, Science and Physics, all while using engineering principles. We believe that all young people, whatever their background, should have the chance to learn about how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths can come together to impact on our world.
Giving teachers that extra bit of knowledge to make lessons as engaging as possible is also a big part of our role. Some of the things we do include encouraging qualified engineers to work with schools to help enhance lessons, and creating an online guide to a range of resources for learning. By working hand in hand with teachers, we help students take those first steps towards carving their own future in engineering and the built environment.
New engineers (Age 6-11)
Our work with children focuses on offering fun and engaging activities that introduce engineering ideas. Also including elements of maths and science, we encourage engineers to visit schools and run workshops that allow children to be creative and curious, while also giving teachers the know-how they need to continue teaching their pupils about the built environment.
We work alongside schools, our partners at BuroHappold Engineering and members of our alumni to shape an education programme that will be inspirational and exciting for everyone who takes part.
Young engineers (Age 11-16)
Working closely with our partners we support applied learning programmes focussed on applying academic skills to the challenges of the built environment. We provide funding to train teachers to run these programmes and through our alumni and in partnership with BuroHappold, helping engineering organisations to provide practitioner support.
We focus on letting students experience real life engineering projects, allowing them to explore and question all the possibilities that the industry has to offer. We also provide teachers with the best resources to keep up students’ enthusiasm and excitement for their learning.
Curious engineers (Age 16-18)
The Happold Foundation, working alongside our partners, helps to provide a number of different scholarships, workshops and work experience opportunities for young people age 16 to 18. From mentors working directly with students to support their studies to offering the chance to sample university life, we empower students to continue their studies while also providing a real taste of what being an engineer is like.
We want to capture and shape aspirations; removing boundaries so that our prospective engineering scholars can really begin to see their place as engineers of our future society. We believe that by adding value to the learning experience, we can motivate and inspire students to embrace their future engineering career.
Engineer my future tool
Whether you are a teacher who wants to inspire your pupils, a student keen to get more from your learning or an industry professional looking to network, finding the right resources can be time consuming. Our Engineer my future tool is here to help, we’ve brought together a range of great resources on engineering and related subjects from around the web that are filtered by age range and area of interest. Give it a try to see how it can help you!