To encourage elementary school students to discover the science around them, global engineering technology company, Renishawhosted science workshops at local libraries as part of the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge. Developed with the Science Museum Group, the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge — “Gadgeteers” — aimed to inspire kids across the country to fuel their imaginations with science and innovation during the summer holidays.
To support the initiative, Renishaw created three science and engineering themed workshops which libraries in the New Mills area of Gloucestershire offered to participating children. The first was a reading of Little Miss Inventor, a spin-off book in the Mr Men series that tells the story of a female protagonist who designs gadgets to improve the lives of her friends. Students can also attend sessions to learn about Renishaw’s interactive Gromitronic, a sculpture created to demonstrate engineering with a 3D printed metal tail and collar, and a plasma ball nose. The students were then tasked with designing their own Gromit dog to show off their skills. In the Magnetic Madness session, participants had the chance to learn more about engineering and take part in hands-on activities, including making their own spinning top that chases a paper clip and a small science experiment demonstrating how Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction.
“At Renishaw we recognize the importance of younger students making connections and connections around what they learn at school and how it can change their future careers,” explained Rebecca Bound, STEM Officer at Renishaw. “As a result, Renishaw really wanted to support their local libraries with this themed Gadgeteer Summer Reading Challenge. During the sessions, it was great to see such a range of students from different backgrounds amazed by science and engineering, and to hear so many inquisitive comments and questions.”
“Gloucestershire Libraries are so grateful to Renishaw for partnering us in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022, Gadgeteers,” explained Liz Vella, Children’s Librarian. “As part of the challenge, these events have helped to encourage and inspire thousands of children across the county to discover STEM, their local library and a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. All primary-aged children can take part in the challenge and events every year for free and discover the fun and benefits the library has to offer.”
The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual initiative presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England. Since 1999, the initiative has encouraged children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy reading for pleasure during the summer holidays, building their reading skills and confidence.
Renishaw’s education program aims to promote engineering to the next generation by organizing open days and activities for primary, secondary and further education students to change perceptions of engineering and promote STEM careers.
For further information on Renishaw’s STEM program to support aspiring engineers visit www.renishaw.com/en/education-outreach