Primary Schools as Engineering Centres

  • Andy Shercliff Mumbles Scienve 2000


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

Author Biography

Andy Shercliff, Mumbles Scienve 2000
Managing Director
How to Cite
SHERCLIFF, Andy. Primary Schools as Engineering Centres. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 mar. 2023.
Curriculum Development - Primary