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Primary Engineer

At the 2016 AMPS Conference ‘The Knowledge Gap’ the audience were lucky enough to listen to Susan Scurlock, the founder and CEO of Primary Engineer give a truly inspiring talk on theme of the Skills Gap in which she told the audience about the need to involve children in engineering and STEM subjects from a very early age. Following the conference AMPS made a pledge to encourage its members to get involved with Primary Engineer projects, Susan agreed to contribute regularly to the AMPS Power magazine …and a partnership was formed.

Primary Engineer is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 whose aim is to encourage young people to consider careers in STEM related professions.

They believe that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are key subjects in securing positive opportunities and career paths for future generations, and that this begins in Primary school.

'STEM by stealth' was coined by a teacher after attending a Primary Engineer course. It summarises their work exactly: practically applying Mathematics and Science to design and make activities, leaving both children and teachers inspired. Their work is supported by industry, education and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The Vision

Their vision is that children, both girls and boys, will aspire to become designers and makers from a very early age. The engineers of the future.

What do Primary Engineer offer?

They offer Primary schools a way to deliver practical Mathematics and Science to Design Technology activities. The class projects are aimed at each year group, mapped to the curriculum, and designed to inspire and enthuse. Programmes include teacher training, interactive and paper-based resources, and regional and national competitions. All projects are linked to practicing engineers to provide a real-world context to the project. 

For more information about Primary Engineer and to get involved please visit their website

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 Catching them young – 37,000 this year!

Catching them young – 37,000 this year!

The 2019 Primary Engineer & Secondary Leaders’ Awards will be launched in September to an expected fanfare of applause from the industry. Primary Engineer is keen to engage with engineers from the power generation sector and once again encourages members of the AMPS to step forward to judge or mentor schools local to them. You can find out more and sign up by visiting

Earlier in the year we reported on the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders’ Awards (Issue 2, 2018), which at the time, aimed to top the engagement of more than the previous year’s 23,800 entries from children into the competition. Well, the results are in and the good, no, great, news is that in 2018 academic year, Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders’ Awards attracted entries from over 37,000 children aged between 4 and 18 from across the UK. That’s 37,000 young minds who have tasted the impact that engineering can have on the world. The objective – to inspire them to want to become the engineers of the future. 

Behind every successful educational project there is usually an army of silent volunteers, and the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders’ Awards is no exception, some members of which stem from AMPS engineering community. They give up their time, sometimes as little as one hour, but more, to do their bit to change the world. 

One of the most engaging elements of the programme is the development of a prototype of a winning design by engineering students of the partner university. In the East of England, for instance the question: ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ Was posed to school children. Eighteen bright sparks were selected as winners from over 2,100 entries from across the region. The competition, which was supported by Stevenage-based firm MBDA, featured winning entries including The Ball Returner, Easy Bath and Parrot-Guard 2000.  One winning entry from this year will be developed into a prototype by students from the University of Hertfordshire. 

Dr. Susan Scurlock, creator and founder of Primary Engineer said: “The entries across the region were inspirational, creative and selfless – not one of the pupils said that their invention would be created to make them money. They all observed a national or personal issue and found a creative engineering solution to it”. 

Andy Baker, HR Lead, Early Careers Recruitment and Leaders Award judge, comments: “The competitions have been an enormous success and MBDA recognises the fantastic opportunity that the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards offer to address STEM skills shortages across the UK. The awards enable us to reach out to 2,300 primary schools and 575 local secondary schools, giving us and the engineering industry as a whole the ability to promote engineering as an exciting and rewarding career choice to thousands of budding engineers. A number of our engineers have been fortunate enough to have been interviewed by local pupils and have been part of the judging panels and we have been impressed by the standard of entries this year. It’s reinforced to us that the future for engineering in the UK remains incredibly bright.”  






BASIC  is the name of the charity which AMPS have pledged to support in 2016 and we are delighted to be making a presentation at the AMPS Awards evening.

BASIC is affiliated to the Greater Manchester Clinical Neuroscience Centre at Salford Royal Hospital and works in close collaboration with the staff there to meet the needs of patients within the community.

They offer a wide range of rehabilitation services to individuals and families that are largely left to cope on their own with the consequences of brain and spinal injury following discharge from hospital.

Neurocare Overview

Neurological disorders are the commonest cause of disability in the UK. An estimated 3 million people in Britain are suffering from brain related disorders.

"Without the staff at BASIC to talk me through the things that were happening in my head, I would probably have committed suicide at that time." 
BASIC ex-patient

Your help is invaluable in continuing BASIC's unique service.

Approximately 1 million people are treated in hospital for head injuries each year. It is the most common cause of death in teenagers. Approximately 8,500 people in the UK suffer a brain haemorrhage each year. More than half of these people are of working age and sometimes young children are affected by this life threatening condition which hits out of the blue.

Strokes affect one in every 250 people and is the third highest killer in the UK. There are 5,000 new cases of primary brain tumours and 7,000 secondary cases each year in the UK. Unfortunately brain tumours know no age barriers, they account for 25% of all childhood cancer deaths.

These, along with other neurological conditions affecting the brain, mean that an estimated 3 million people in Britain are suffering from brain related disorders. New technology and research are revolutionising the Neurosciences and many more patients are now surviving what would once have been fatal conditions. These people often need rehabilitation, sometimes over many years. Even minor brain injuries can result in difficulties which persist for many months or years.

In the words of their clients and carers...

"I take my hat off to BASIC. Talking to you about what happened made me realise that what I was going through wasn't strange or weird, but normal. You offer support to people like me who feel they have no-one to turn to"

"The BASIC Centre really is a Godsend. If it were not for BASIC we would have been left on our own following brain treatment. It helps you meet other people going through what you did"

"BASIC helped me realise that there is light at the end of a very long tunnel"

"It helps me feel normal when at BASIC because everyone is the same one way or another"

"I have found the staff at BASIC to be extremely pleasant and knowledgeable in their individual fields. From the minute you walk through the door you are made to feel at home, and you are very important to them"

"BASIC is great for partners as it has services for the client and relaxation for the partner"

"Since I had counseling at BASIC I have had more confidence and strength. It has slowly helped to improve my life and self worth for which I will never be able to thank my counsellor enough for"

"Coming to terms with life-alterations after having suffered a brain haemorrhage is very difficult and BASIC's counselling has helped me greatly"

"I have benefited and appreciate my acupuncture treatment a great deal, Carol has helped me personally as well as the acupuncture"

"After my operation my balance was badly affected and my mobility. Since using the gym I can now walk unassisted and for a lot further. I can now join my family when they go out walking which is something I have always enjoyed"

For further details about BASIC and to get involved please visit their website