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Education partners

Working alongside others to engage young people with engineering and technology

The IET has a range of Education Partners – organisations that share our passion for engaging young people with engineering and technology.

Our partners provide many of the UK’s best engineering-themed enhancement and enrichment activities, which are designed to capture students’ imaginations and interest.  

The Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology and engineering and maths for young people (aged seven-nineteen) in the UK. Offering careers advice and fun activities, the Big Bang Fair shows how many rewarding opportunities there are in the engineering and technology sectors.

The Design and Technology Association

The IET supports the Association’s Digital D&T teacher training programme.
Designed to support and train teachers in CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing), ECT (electronics and communications technology) and other digital technologies, this programme aims to equip  D&T teachers with the skills necessary to teach a modern technology-based curriculum.

Science made simple

Bringing engineering  to life with fun interactive shows for schools. Highly trained staff from this science communication organisation demonstrate the diversity and excitement of engineering and its impact across the world. The IET subsidises a range of Engineering Explained shows held in schools across the UK suitable for children from age three to sixteen.


The Go4Set programme links teams of six students together with a local company to work on a ten-week environmentally-themed STEM project. Go4Set has a competition format and teams win prizes at Celebration Events. Completed projects can be submitted for CREST Awards. Go4SET is one of the schemes run by the EDT.

The Year in Industry

This EDT scheme provides students with paid, relevant work placements for their gap year either before or during university. EDT supports students in the application process and provides mentoring, training as well as regional and national competitions.

Fun Kids Radio

A radio station providing good quality programming for children. Featuring a mini-series for children aged eight to twelve called ‘Techno Mum’ which aims to explain the technology that young people see around them. Podcasts are available to download.

F1 in Schools

Giving students the opportunity to design, build, market and race a miniature compressed air-powered F1 car (key stage three to five/S2 to S6), competitors race against other teams in regional, national and international finals. The Jaguar Primary School Challenge (key stage one to two/P3 to S1) follows the same principles but the car design can be of any style.

4x4 in School

A national competition that gives young people (key stage three to five/S2 to S6) an insight into what it takes to become an engineer. Teams work to design, build, test and market a radio-controlled four wheel drive vehicle.


The Greenpower competitions allow students to design and build their own electric racing cars which they race at regional finals around the country, culminating in the season finale at Goodwood Motor Circuit. There are three classes in the competitions for particular age groups ranging from primary school to corporate apprentices.

Leaders Award for STEM

Students apply to become a Leader for STEM in their school or college in order to help others and be involved themselves with STEM Projects. They are required to interview a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician to encourage careers awareness. Awards and prizes are given for the best interviews submitted.

Primary Engineer

Working with teachers to deliver the practical application of science, maths and ICT through design and technology in the curriculum.

The Scout Association

The IET has teamed up with The Scouts Association to support their Electronics Activity badge. A resource pack containing ideas for hands-on electronics can be downloaded from

Smallpeice Trust

The Smallpeice Trust promotes dynamic careers in engineering to students aged ten to eighteen through practical in-school STEM Days, after-school clubs and four-day residential engineering taster courses.

Arkwright Scholarships Trust

Arwright identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in engineering and related areas of design. Awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in year 11 (England and Wales) S4 (Scotland), year 12 (Northern Ireland). The Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels or Scottish Nationals and encourage students to pursue engineering or related areas of design at university or through a higher-level

Teach First

Working to improve the life chances of children from low-income communities by recruiting exceptional graduates to teach and lead in schools in challenging circumstances. The IET supports all teachers of Science, Design and Technology and Maths with its IET Faraday teaching resources.

Young Engineers

Aims to inspire young people to recognise the importance and excitement of a career in engineering with a diverse range of educational activities and opportunities, including a network of after-school clubs and engineering related competitions.

Key Regional Partners

The IET also supports the promotion of STEM through its key regional partners