Primary Schools as Engineering Centres

Andy Shercliff
1999, Vol. 4, No. 2,


The article describes the development of Mumbles Science 2000, and in particular: using primary schools as engineering centres; making use of the local science and engineering heritage; developing a universal base of equipment; providing stand-alone computer control; and integrating children with special needs.

Mumbles Science 2000 makes imaginative use of primary schools to provide engineering challenges all year round to children aged 5 to 11.

In term-time, our Roadshow takes science and engineering challenges into primary schools across South West Wales. In all school holidays, we operate in a primary school in Mumbles near Swansea:Science 2000 Club for 64 children each day, providing science and engineering challenges family events, at which children carry out engineering challenges with their parents or grandparents.

We follow the popular trend of using the word 'science' to encompass 'science, engineering and techn

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