Calling all

Engineering Professionals

If You Were an Engineer, What Would You Do?® provides an opportunity for children and pupils to interview engineers about their career paths and motivations. It has evolved into a creative problem solving, literacy and entrepreneurial project which annually involves over 40,000 pupils.

We are looking for Engineers and Engineering Professionals to join us in supporting schools and pupils. You can help inspire our Engineers in the Making® via the Leaders Award competition If you were an engineer what would you do?®

Step 1 – Take a look at the below engagement opportunities

When you have an idea of what you’d like to get involved in, please register with us to support pupils in our “If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do?”® competition.

Step 2 – Engage in one or both of the following

#STEMByStealth on Social Media

Produce a 30 second video that we will use to promote If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do? on social media and the web.

These videos focus on engineering and should include what you were like at school. Start with your Name, your Role, and the Organisation you work for. Following with “I became an engineer because [insert what inspired you to become an engineer]. So tell me, If You Were An Engineer What Would You Do?”

For the best results, we ask that you record in landscape mode and place the phone on a steady surface to prevent a shaky recording.

When you submit your video, please include any social media handles we should tag, such as your own or those of the organisation you work for.

These videos will be used on our official LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube channels, as well as the Leaders Award website and by submitting the video you agree to us sharing the content to support schools and pupils and for marketing purposes.

#STEMByStealth Shorts

Create a short 7-10 minute film or presentation addressing the below. These videos focus on engineering and should include what you were like at school.

  • Who you are,
  • Your role,
  • The organisation you work for
  • Your journey to becoming an engineer.
  • Address any of the following if you are comfortable sharing to encourage children to pursue their engineering aspirations.
    • Did you face any struggles?
    • Were you told you couldn’t be an engineer? Did that push you further? How did you overcome this?
    • What inspired you to become an engineer?
    • Were there any engineers who inspired you?
    • Any books or films you would recommend to budding engineers?
  • Alternatively you can present a topic in your specialist field. Discuss
    • What you do?
    • What does the role entail?
    • Which skills/experiences are required?
    • Share something ‘cool’ in your field children would engage with.
  • Answer the following question. Do you think anyone can become an engineer?
  • End with “I became an engineer and have [insert achievements] but if you were an engineer, what would you do?”.

For the best results, we ask that you record in landscape mode and place the phone on a steady surface to prevent a shaky recording.

When you submit your video, please include any social media handles you would like to include, such as your own or those of the organisation you work for.

These videos will be used on or official LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube channels, as well as the Leaders Award website and by submitting the video you agree to us sharing the content to support schools and pupils and for marketing purposes.

Step 3 – Engage directly with schools and pupils

#STEMByStealth Online Interviews

During the academic year we host online interviews with engineering professionals. Our live interviews are held on Zoom and live steamed through YouTube/Facebook where the recording will be hosted after the interview.

The first part of the interview will be your presentation. In your presentation you will discuss your role and then focus on a skill/topic within engineering you would like to share with the competition participants. Please let us know what you intend the title of your presentation to be and a brief description of what your presentation will be about. We will use this description to promote the session on our social media platforms and through our partners. The presentation should be 10-15 minutes and you can choose the medium you use such as PowerPoint or speaking directly to the camera and using props to support your discussion.

This is then is followed by a 15 minute live Q&A. The attendees will type in their questions, which we will collate and relay back to you to answer.

The interviews are 30 minutes.

The recordings will be used on or official LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube channels, as well as the Leaders Award website and by submitting the video you agree to us sharing the content to support schools and pupils and for marketing purposes.

#STEMByStealth School Engagement

Schools can request a local engineer visit the school in person or via a one-to-one live stream.

Our Funding Partners can sign Engineers up to become an official EICIE (Engineers Inspiring Children inspiring Engineers) Ambassador.

Once a school requests direct engagement with an engineer our team will reach out to you or your team to introduce you to the teacher at the school. Once you and the teacher who has made the request are happy to be introduced, we will make introductions so you can directly schedule a visit or an online call between yourselves.

Or Raise Your Voice & Share Your Story

#STEMByStealth Resource Hub

In December we will launch our #STEMByStealth Resource Hub. We will be looking to publish blogs, articles, reports, whitepapers and features. We are therefore inviting engineers and engineering professionals to share their content.

The content can be you

  • sharing skills or insights,
  • an opinion piece,
  • an exciting story from your career
  • your journey to becoming an engineering professional
  • or anything that the participants of If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do?® Competition would find of value in their entries and other engineering professionals would find useful.

Your article should be between 500-900 words to be published digitally. The audience will be schools, industry professionals and pupils entering the competition, so you can tailor to target any of these.

You will also need to provide your short bio and profile picture to accompany the feature.

Step 4 – Register to become an official Grader

Throughout the year, we receive entries from school and home learners for the “If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do?”® competition.

For children who have entered, knowing engineers read the entries is hugely inspirational and grading helps demonstrate just how much engineers care about the engagement of young people with engineering. We therefore invite you to join us and register to become an official grader. We are looking to inspire you too and give you a few stories you can ‘dine out on’ along the way!

Step 5 – Get Your Certificate

Upon completion of any activity in Step 2- 4, we will send you a survey to understand your experiences and the value you believe your engagement has delivered to pupils and schools, alongside how you found partnering with Primary Engineer for If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do? competition.

Upon completion of the survey, we will send you our Limited Edition Badge and Certificate as evidence of public engagement and for you to add to your Professional Development Portfolio.

Step 6 – Ready to Register?

Know what you want to do? Register now to become an official EICIE (Engineers Inspiring Children inspiring Engineers) Ambassador for the “If You Were An Engineer, What Would You Do?”® competition.

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