Boeing Engineers Offer Free Online STEM Sessions
- Boeing employees inspire the UK’s next generation of STEM leaders
- Students access virtual STEM learning through partnerships with UK academic centres
June 15, 2020 - Boeing is partnering with academic and learning institutions across the UK to extend online student access to its programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
In a joint collaboration with Cranfield University, Boeing engineers hosted a series of live online Q&A sessions with Cranfield students. Topics included cyber security, systems engineering, mechanical engineering and programme management.
Offered exclusively to Cranfield postgraduates, the virtual seminars gave students a deep dive into what real-world engineering entails and how to put theoretical learning into practice. Taking Boeing’s extensive STEM programme from in-person to online, the new initiative built upon a long-term partnership between Boeing and Cranfield University on a range of research and technology projects.
“Thanks to our partnership with Boeing, we have enjoyed being able to offer our students these unique STEM sessions, which they have found to be an invaluable and inspiring resource alongside their studies”, said Penny Pickering, Head of Careers at Cranfield University.
“While nothing can replace the value of attending a physical event and holding face-to-face talks, hosting virtual events of this nature with industry partners like Boeing have become the new norm among our students who have adapted well to a changing learning environment. We are now exploring with Boeing how assisting our students with their professional development, on a remote basis, can become a more permanent feature.”
Boeing STEM ambassadors have also helped extend access to its signature STEM programme, FUTURE U.
In partnership with Glasgow Science Centre (GSC), Boeing has joined #GSCAtHome, where its suite of online educational resources for science-based activities have been used to inspire thousands of families and children on their journey to STEM engagement.
Since mid-March and in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, GSC has launched new science videos every day on its social media channels. Boeing engineers collaborated with the GSC to create “Paper Planes,” a video and guided learning resource designed to teach the science behind flight.
Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive for Glasgow Science Centre said, “When all science centres in the UK, including ours temporarily closed to the public, we responded by creating #GSCAtHome and the reaction has been overwhelming. We’re delighted to have Boeing involved in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
“We know that these are challenging times for parents and teachers on many fronts and hope that these learning resources and sessions are an interesting way to engage and inspire children and adults alike, about STEM while at home,” added Nicola Welsh, STEM Ambassador for Boeing in the UK and Ireland.
“Through our STEM programmes such as FUTURE U and partnerships with academic institutions like Cranfield and GSC, we aim to inspire and equip the next generation of STEM professionals in aerospace. We look forward to building on both efforts when it’s once again safe to gather in person.”
About Boeing in the United Kingdom
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. The company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Boeing has a growing UK workforce of 2,500 direct employees across the country and spends £2 billion a year in the UK supply chain. In 2018 Boeing opened its first European manufacturing facility in Sheffield. Boeing’s FUTURE U initiative uses hands-on, experiential learning to ignite excitement and inspire young people to become tomorrow’s innovators.
About Cranfield University
Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.