Thales has been helping to bring the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to Northern Ireland, with the aim of inspiring children to think like engineers, whilst also equipping teachers with essential STEM skills that they can use in their own classrooms.
The Thales and Primary Engineer “Leaders Award” was held in Northern Ireland for the first time in 2018. The competition gives pupils the chance to interview an engineer, identify a problem and pitch a solution in order to test the children’s problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial flair.
In addition, Thales and Primary Engineer are training teachers in Northern Ireland to run STEM projects in their schools, with the aim that it will help to inspire students to pursue STEM subjects.
Thales Belfast’s specialism in Space is also having an impact on Northern Ireland’s education sector. Along with Bombardier, Thales played a significant role in developing the curriculum for the space science qualification for 14-16-year-olds in Northern Ireland. We also support the Northern Ireland element of the Youth Rocketry Challenge, where 14-18-year-olds get to design, construct and successfully launch a rocket.
As Michael Polson, Head of Aerospace at Invest Northern Ireland, notes: “Space still excites people. It’s a way of getting young people interested in STEM and I think that’s one of the benefits of having one of our big players located centrally in Belfast.”
Read more about our work in STEM here.