Technology giant Bosch visits local school to put the fun back into engineering

  • The Bosch ‘All Around You’ Schools Roadshow visits Copleston High school to show the fun side of engineering
  • Interactive demonstrations get students involved and inspired about an engineering career

On Friday 6th March, students at Copleston High 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 design expertise that goes into developing a power tool, students were given a chance to take part in the activities, with some hands-on demonstrations.

Bosch UK, which has a lawn and garden manufacturing plant in nearby Stowmarket, developed the roadshow 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.

Miss Alex Curtis, Head of Year 8 at Copleston High School said: “We want to encourage our students to consider all sorts of careers by showing them the opportunities available. The Bosch ‘All Around You’ Roadshow highlights the diversity of a career in engineering – the show was great fun and the presenter’s passion for engineering was infectious. The students were really buzzing with enthusiasm afterwards. We are looking forward to having a go at making our own hovercraft with the kits that Bosch has also provided.”

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.”

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Research carried out by Atomik Research in December 2013 with a survey size of 1,051 students aged 13-16

Contact person for press enquiries:

Kate Gentle: kate.gentle@uk.bosch.com or 44 (0) 1895 838 541

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.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.co.uk and www.bosch-press.com .

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