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Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH)

Primary school students taking part in a science fair.

Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge (GMEC)

The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge brings together primary and secondary school students and opens up engineering through inspirational people and activities.

Tinkering for Learning

GMEC is based on the Tinkering for Learning research completed by The University of Manchester and The Royal Academy of Engineering. It gives teachers and students the skills required to complete a key engineering challenge using the Engineering Design Process and Engineering Habits of Mind. 

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The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge encourages pupils between the ages of 7-13 to put their engineering skills to the test to solve a problem. Each year the challenge has a theme that looks to tackle key issues found in society today. Students can benefit from taking part in GMEC as by following the engineering design process and Engineering Habits of Mind, they can develop their problem solving, communications and iterative design skills by building a solution to the problem set by the challenge.

Any school can get involved, you can find resources and how to sign up via the links below. Next year's challenge will look at how we can engineer solutions to create a more sustainable future.

The challenge is sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (The IMechE) and forms part of the Engineering Education Grant Scheme.