BP inspires local children with HEY CU

HEY Children’s University and BP have formed an exciting new partnership which saw sixty-five children from across Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire come together at the University of Hull to take part in a Science Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) event.

Working alongside BP professionals, the HEY CU team and volunteer mentors, the children learnt about the array of career opportunities available at BP, hearing first hand from staff as they gave an overview of their day jobs including reliability, chemical and mechanical engineers to recruitment specialists. The children then took part in three activities including:

Forces, Motion and Bloodhound SSC, learning about the land speed record and its history, the children went onto conduct their own experiments.

Team building, focussing on the art of communication, job roles and responsibilities to complete a build out of Lego.

Ex’straw’dinary Engineering, children created an oil platform out of straws and marshmallows to create a structure. The two strongest structures from each school went forward to a live experiment during the afternoon lead by Professor Mark Lorch. There was an air of excitement as schools went head to head to see whose structure was the strongest.  Pupils from Oldfleet Primary School were announced the winners and received a Go Pro Camera.

Mark Lorch, Professor of Science, Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Hull said, “Working in association with HEY Children’s University and BP, put science and engineering into real life context as the children met scientists and engineers as relatable role models who demonstrated these subject areas are accessible for all, using everyday items including Lego, straws, marshmallows and paper. Science and engineering is not just about learning facts and figures, it’s also about problem solving, teamwork and communication.  We are all driven to make the subjects fun and exciting for young people, to inspire them for their future and the opportunities available.”

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY CU said, “Working in partnership with BP Saltend and the University of Hull, gave the children the opportunity to experience a new learning environment that they can aspire to be part of in the future. The event highlighted leadership skills and children discovered new talents by taking part in the activities. They also enjoyed meeting real life engineers and working with them throughout the day. We are looking forward to building upon this experience to involve more young people in 2018.”