Stewart Elson, Subject Leader - Le Rocquier School, Jersey
Design Engineer Construct!
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
Forecast to grow to $15.5 trillion worldwide by 2030, Construction is a global industry that needs exceptional STEM and digital talent. Its transition to net zero is critical. It needs a generation of problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs. However, it is perceived as a male dominated, low-skilled manual industry. Design Engineer Construct! is the change the industry and education needs.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Children and young people experience the digital Built Environment through the ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (“DEC”) Learning Programme, providing them with a unique opportunity to develop the knowledge, competencies, behaviours and skills fundamental to successful careers in architecture, engineering and construction.
Students improve numeracy and literacy skills and STEM knowledge through real-world applied learning, advancing digital skills using industry standard digital modelling and analysis tools for net-zero building and infrastructure design.
Aligning with the SDGs, the themes of social, environmental and economic sustainability run throughout the programme - learners discover how to minimise their own and their community’s impact on the planet through role play and project based learning.
They understand the value of inclusivity and diversity, designing for a world where everyone matters and an industry that needs a new generation of climate-focused professionals.
How has it been spreading?
Design Engineer Construct! (‘DEC’) launched in leading STEM school, Cecil Andrews College, Perth, Australia. 'DEC bootcamps' are running in Malaysia in collaboration with the Penang STEM initiative and Prince of Wales Island International School and DEC has been delivered in Bangkok’s Shrewsbury School to primary school pupils for the past 2 years. DEC has been delivered at Fairgreen International School, Dubai, for 3 years where learners will advance to DEC Level 3 this September. Schools in Lithuania use ‘DEC Awards’ and Ireland’s Construction Industry Federation used our 'Home for Everyone' Award in the 2021 national schools challenge. Our online work experience programme reached 2000 children during lockdown and continues to operate, soon to be introduced to children with SEND.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Design Engineer Construct! is accessible to all learners and teachers. Hosted on our ‘DEC School’ online platform, we offer a wide range of ‘DEC Awards’ - small introductory projects that can be used to enrich the STEM curriculum before embarking on the more advanced DEC Level 1, 2 and 3 study programmes. We are happy to provide more information - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.