Technology giant Bosch visits local school to put the fun back into engineering
- The Bosch ‘All Around You’ Schools Roadshow visits Queensmead school to show the fun side of engineering
- Interactive demonstrations get students involved and inspired about an engineering career
On Wednesday 4th March, students at Queensmead School were visited by Bosch as part of their annual education campaign, the Bosch ‘All Around You’ Roadshow. The specially-designed interactive stage show aims to show students how important engineering is to everyday life.
From demonstrating the workings of the car on the drive to the boiler in the home, students were given a chance to take part in the activities, with some hands-on demonstrations. Stephanie Alexander, an engineer on the Bosch Graduate programme in the UK, carried out many of the demonstrations for the students.
The Bosch team visited the local school as the Bosch UK headquarters are based just 8 miles down the road in Denham. The roadshow was developed in response to research which found that many secondary school students were not considering engineering as a future career because they felt they didn’t know enough about it.
In 2014, Semta – the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies – said that the UK would face a shortfall of 80,000 employees equipped with these skills in the next two years.
Michael Pieri, assistant headteacher at Queensmead School said: “We were really pleased to have the Bosch ‘All Around You’ Roadshow visit our school today. Promoting engineering to our students and making it accessible and understandable to all is fundamental to encouraging our students to consider it as a future career choice. We want to show the students the many opportunities available to them and through the roadshow our students will have seen just how diverse an engineering career can be.”
Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch UK, added: “Inspiring a new generation of engineers is vital to ensuring the future of the very important engineering sector in the UK. By showing the fun side of engineering, we believe that students will become more curious about engineering and technology and will be more likely to pursue a career in this industry in the future.”
Research carried out by Atomik Research in December 2013 with a survey size of 1,051 students aged 13-16
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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 290,000 associates generated sales of 48.9 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic goal is to deliver innovations for connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
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