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Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the profession to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The Academy has three strategic priorities: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses, address the engineering skills crisis, and position engineering at the heart of society. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

The Academy has a long history of delivering STEM enhancement and enrichment programmes in schools to inspire the next generation of engineers. The Connecting STEM Teachers programme has created a national network of support for teachers across all STEM subjects, ensuring they have the knowledge and confidence to engage a greater number and wider spectrum of school students with STEM. The Academy’s learning and teaching resources have been developed in partnership with school teachers and engineers to engage Key Stage 2 and 3 students. An important aim of each resource is to enable teachers to engage their students with STEM through hands-on activity and stimulating engineering contexts.

Young learners are natural engineers and exhibit six 'engineering habits of mind'. These are very specific ways of thinking and approaching problems: systems thinking, adapting, problem finding, creative problem solving, visualising and improving. These skills can be boosted by a tinkering approach to teaching, giving teachers the tools to create learning opportunities that capitalise on and make links between Computer Science, Design Technology and Science subjects.