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We love STEM because it gives young people big futures, and also makes the world a better place. Many of today’s children will need to be tomorrow’s innovators – the engineers who solve the impossible and build the unimaginable. Yet currently in the UK we have a massive shortage of engineers. At Atkins we aim to inspire young, creative minds to start thinking and asking questions about STEM careers like engineering.

Children never stop creating. Just like engineers!
Children just naturally enjoy building, working things out and experimenting with the world around them. We believe every child should have the opportunity to carry this love into their careers. So we’ve created ‘Engine Ears’ – an animation aimed at primary-aged pupils, to get them thinking about what engineering actually means and how exciting it really is:

Did you know that…. 

  • We have over 500 STEM Ambassadors motivating young people to choose careers in engineering
  • STEM Ambassadors at Atkins business have attended over 300 events in the last year
  • Over the last 12 months staff at Atkins have spent over 1,000 days of volunteer leave on STEM initiatives 

Watch to see how Atkins is collaborating with school STEM networks to inspire the next generation of engineers:

Atkins - Inspiring the next generation of engineers:


Bring your Child to Work Day

On 6th April, more than 250 young people visited SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business across 16 offices for ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’. This STEM Volunteer event saw students, aged between 6 and 12, learning about engineering and all its different roles.

Fun activities included building earthquake-proof spaghetti towers, racing balloon cars, designing sports for disabled people, building a newspaper hotel, and of course, shadowing their family member!

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Our interactive STEM Lab

Have you heard about our amazing STEMLab in Epsom? It’s designed around kids’ natural curiosity. This interactive space gets children out of their shells, experimenting and learning about design, engineering and construction. It’s a place where they can take what they learn at school and apply it to real life projects!

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