Smart Machines & Factories
ASTM International Expands Committee to Include Robotics, Automation, and Autonomous Systems
Committee expanded to include robotics and automation

Global standards organisation ASTM International has announced a broadened scope of its robotics, automation, and autonomous systems committee (F45). The committee was previously known as the driverless automatic guided industrial vehicles committee.

Royal Society & Primary Engineer’s STATWARS partnership to help pupils investigate climate change

In the lead up to UN climate summit COP26, The Royal Society is partnering with not-for-profit organisation Primary Engineer- and their new project STATWARS - to help primary and secondary pupils across the UK develop their data skills and investigate climate change.

Primary schools need engineering

With schools set to return in September, now is the time to engage pupils and teachers with engineering – Primary Engineer & Ford Motor Company explain why.

Climate change challenge

What three things would you personally change to affect climate change? Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer explains.

A Meta-morphasis is coming

A change is coming to the way engineering is taught, being led by Skills Development Scotland, and championed by Primary Engineer. It’s a topic that stems from the skills gap, and that is meta-skills. Dr Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, reports.

Encouraging the next generation of engineers

What do Facebook, Gatwick Airport and Network Rail have to do with machines and factories? A lot, according to Primary Engineer CEO Dr. Susan Scurlock, MBE, who is changing the way that careers in professional engineering are seen by pupils, parents, teachers and engineers themselves.

The need to Identify engineers in the making

It’s 2019 and we need more engineers - that’s a fact. To be more precise we need 124,000 engineers and technicians with core engineering skills and personnel to satisfy the 79,000 new roles created in engineering per year. That’s 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills per year to meet demand through to 2024. But where will we get them from? What we need is engineers in the making.

Engineering in Schools: An Institutional Issue

With the UK facing a skills crisis, the importance of encouraging the next generation of engineers from a young age has never been more acute.

No hot air when it comes to children's learning

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) has named the 2018 recipient of the Primary Engineer Rogers Knight Award as Gary Kelleher, product support sales manager (GB) from Aylesford based BOMAG. The Award to Kelleher was in recognition of his contribution to furthering the engagement of primary pupils in STEM projects. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

More than just a machine-building exercise

Bella designed the Fun Noisy Rubbish Bin as her entry into the Primary Engineer Leaders’ Awards 2017, a competition that’s been running for three years and encourages thousands of young minds to get active and come up with world-changing ideas. The competition culminates in an awards ceremony held in collaboration with Universities and engineers who give their time to grade the entries.

Growing future engineers through stealth

Primary Engineer Programmes are taking great strides in helping to grow future engineers and ultimately tapping into the inner-engineer of pupils, the aim – to encourage more students to follow a career in engineering. Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer gives readers an update on how the Primary Engineer programme has developed.

Exhibiting creativity

Primary Engineer recently exhibited at the Smart Industry Expo and Drives & Controls Exhibitions at the Birmingham NEC, and celebrated its week at the show by bringing home the Motion Control Industry 2018 Award for “Contribution to Skills and Training”.

Inspiring young minds

Last year for the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders Award over 23,000 pupils from 335 schools interviewed engineers and answered the question ‘If you were an engineer - what would you do?’ by identifying problems and inventing solutions.

Meet Mahika - the future of Smart engineering is in safe hands

It’s a little-known fact but engineering innovation is being led by a six-year-old. Mihika Sharma, a winner at the Primary Engineer Leaders Award (London) 2016 has had her design selected by the competition partner UCL to be made by a team from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Chris Rochester is the regional director for Primary Engineer Programmes reports.

School pupil’s invention helping to inspire next generation

A school pupil’s invention is to be displayed at a top science centre to help inspire the next generation of inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Children love engineering…

The great news is that young children really, really like being engineers! How do we know? Last year over 23,000 pupils interviewed engineers and answered the question ‘If you were an engineer - what would you do?’ by identifying problems and inventing solutions. Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, reports.

An Innovation Machine!

Siemens chief executive Juergen Maier is a busy man. But he recently demonstrated his personal commitment to supporting our young potential engineers by inviting in a group from Valley Gardens Middle School in North Tyneside, to interview him about his motivations to become an engineer, and his subsequent career path.

Investing in the future

For the first issue of Smart Machines & Factories journal, Dr Susan Scurlock, CEO and founder of Primary and Secondary Engineer gives an introduction to why and how we should encourage children to consider careers in STEM related professions, and the importance of smart manufacturing and engineering in doing this.