Inspiring the next generation – STEM Construction Day at Granton Campus

Pupils from Trinity Primary School have returned to their classroom inspired about careers in construction following the successful pilot of a STEM experience at Edinburgh College.

Fifty-eight primary 7s visited the college’s Granton Campus to take a journey through the various stages of construction. From initial design to the erection of buildings, the pupils learned about the roles of architects, surveyors, construction managers and civil engineers.

The pupils were split into groups and rotated around four activities carefully planned by the college’s Built Environment team.

Workshops included: finding out what it’s like to be an architect, tasked with the initial design of a building and thinking about how our everyday lives are influenced by design; thinking like surveyors to consider how to make the most of space within a building, taking into account factors including size and natural light; building structures and balancing the books of building projects as project managers; and problem solving like civil engineers to construct a shelter big enough for the entire team to fit under.


Built Environment lecturer Emma Lyon said: “I think our first Construction STEM event has been brilliant. The pupils were really enthusiastic and engaged in the activities across the four disciplines which was lovely to see.

“The aim of the day was to help pupils understand the different career options available to them in construction.   We used active learning to explore team working, problem solving, and communication, as well as aligning activities meaningfully to their curriculum in terms of science and maths. All in all it’s been a success and something we hope we can replicate in the future.”

Trinity Primary School P7 teacher Hannah Watt said: “The pupils really enjoyed their STEM Construction experience at Edinburgh College today. The event opened the children’s eyes to the world of work in a very practical and engaging way, allowing them to use different skills to learn about various jobs within the construction sector.”

Technology and Music teacher Gillian Chalmers added: “With Developing the Young Workforce coming to the fore across Scotland, opportunities like these are invaluable and I’m sure that all schools will jump at the chance to take part in future events.”