OS at the launch of the Year of Engineering with Primary Futures

The Year of Engineering launched at Allenby Primary School in Southall, Ealing last week and our surveyor and air camera operator Roger Nock was on hand to inspire the children. The Minister of State at the Department for Transport, John Hayes CBE MP was at the Primary Futures event along with volunteers from the world of engineering, aiming to showcase the vast range of exciting roles within the sector.

Roger at Allenby Primary School. Photo copyright Education and Employers  https://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/albums/72157688592091941

The event was celebrating the announcement of the Year of Engineering, a cross-Government campaign which aims to provide inspiring experiences of engineering to young people throughout 2018. The Primary Futures programme endeavours to raise aspirations and improve outcomes, enabling every child to achieve their best regardless of background, vulnerability or disadvantage. It achieves this by giving primary aged children the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs and introducing them to successful role models. And this is where you could get involved.

The event brought together a range of people – apprentices to CEOs – who are working in the engineering sector talking with children about their jobs, enthusing them about the opportunities open to them and explaining the importance of literacy and numeracy. There were engineers from Formula One, BP, Jaguar and many more companies across Britain.

Roger sat with the children at Allenby Primary School to talk about his role as a surveyor and air camera operator at OS. Our air camera operators work from two Cessna 404s, G-FIFA and G-TASK, to take aerial imagery of over 50,000 square kilometres of the country each season. From the Scilly Isles to the Shetland Islands, the team will capture over 140,000 aerial images each year, using the 196-megapixel cameras on-board the planes. These images are used to update our geospatial database of over 450 million features and the data is used by government, businesses and individuals every single day. As you can see, the children loved the chance to see the birds-eye images captured by the Flying Unit and look at the maps produced. The inflatable replica of the on-board camera (not pictured) also proved a huge hit!

Roger talking at Allenby Primary School. Photo copyright Education and Employers https://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/albums/72157688592091941

We were extremely proud to support the #InspireAnEngineer campaign and hope it helped to show the children the meaning and relevance of the subjects they are studying and how they can open up possibilities later in life.

If you would like to get involved in the initiative and help to #InspireAnEngineer, Primary Futures are looking for volunteers from all sectors and all levels. If you would like to find out more visit the Inspiring the Future website and online registration www.inspiringthefuture.org

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