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FLUX celebrates grant from engineering institutions

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) provides support for UK-based educational projects that increase engineering knowledge in young people

FLUX is celebrating after receiving a grant from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

FLUX's new Moving Engineering project will engage young people with coding and programming through dance and movement. The project is launching in Coventry and Warwickshire in May 2018 with hopes to expand the project in the new academic year. The workshops are available to both primary and secondary schools within Warwickshire, targeting both rural and inner city communities.

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS), which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

Charlotte Hale, Founder of FLUX said: “We are really excited to be starting this project and so grateful to the grant scheme for making this possible.”

Peter Finegold, Head of Education and Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “FLUX's Moving Engineering project is a fantastic example of the kind of projects the EEGS scheme aims to promote. The UK is facing a critical engineering skills shortage and showing young people how creative and exciting engineering can be is a key way of inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.”

David Lakin, Head of Education at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates and apprentices to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children – girls as well as boys – are attracted to, and choose to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The IET is investing considerable resource in EEGS to support vital projects like FLUX's Moving Engineering, which highlight the exciting, creative and rewarding world of engineering careers to young people.”

Organisations capable of developing and delivering UK-based educational activities are eligible to apply to the EEGS scheme. There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.

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