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Children, Engineering and the Real World

Lecture

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Hammersmith evening lecture: This talk about children and engineering will cover how well today’s generation of children are truly being prepared for the real world. (7 pm start)

Date and Time

20 March 2018 - 18:45-21:00

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the UK - London local network.


About this event

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, known popularly as STEM, is an initiative that started in the United States of America, and has become popular in the United Kingdom in recent years to raise young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers. The standard of the education system for children and young people in the United Kingdom is very much up for debate. One aspect of this debate is how well today’s generation of children are truly being prepared for the real world.

90 years ago, a Headmaster of an independent preparatory school was concerned that the children in his charge were given a well-rounded education. He therefore embarked on an ambitious project to build a proper miniature railway around the grounds of the school in order to expose the children to a mixture of learning and fun in-tune with their interests of the day. 90 years on, that railway still exists and is looked after by an independent charity known as the Downs Light Railway Trust. 

Unlike other miniature railways in the United Kingdom, this railway is not for enthusiasts or to keep families entertained at the weekends. The railway is a practical indoor and outdoor classroom for children to learn, develop working relationships with adults and to take responsibility for their own actions. This talk will present the history of the Downs Light Railway, now the oldest private miniature railway in the world. In doing so, the talk will illustrate the learning opportunities that the railway offers children and how it prepares them for the present day real world.

About the speaker

Timothy Pennock is a former pupil of the school during the 1990s and himself was a pupil engaged on the railway. He now chairs the Board of Trustees for the Downs Light Railway Trust. Timothy completed his undergraduate studies in Systems Engineering at Loughborough University, and more recently his post graduate studies in Engineering Management at Brunel University London. 

Joining the Goodrich Corporation as a graduate systems engineer, he has since become a specialist in the processing, exploitation and dissemination of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data. Now part of UTC Aerospace Systems, a business of the United Technologies Corporation, Timothy is the Technical Lead Engineer for key defence systems.

 Aside from his charity and paid employment, Timothy is also a Volunteer Reserve flying instructor for the Royal Air Force, promoting and encouraging aviation mindedness to teenagers who participate in the cadet forces. 

Programme

Evening Lecture: 18:30 for 19:00 start

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