Schoolchildren in Cardiff and London have been given the chance to try coding, engineering and design with a helping hand from creatives at tech giant Apple.
The students were first to take part in Apple’s ‘Year of Engineering Field Trips’, which will see more than 1,700 students aged 5 to 18 go behind the scenes at Apple stores from Aberdeen and Leeds, to Belfast and Birmingham.
During November it will run almost 100 field trips across all 38 Apple stores in the UK to give young people the unique chance to meet and work with the creatives behind its ground-breaking innovations.
During the trips, students will create their own digital projects and explore how they can think like an engineer, covering everything from coding and robotics to transport and the solar system.
Throughout the Year of Engineering, UK government has joined forces with more than 1,400 partners to transform perceptions of engineering, tackling a major skills gap and lack of diversity in the industry while showing young people the vast opportunities the profession has to offer.
To see the partnership in action, Minister for the Year of Engineering Nusrat Ghani joined students from Holy Trinity School in Hackney at Apple Regent Street, while HM Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering Stephen Metcalfe MP went behind the scenes at Apple Cardiff St David’s 2 with pupils from Ysgol Nantgwyn school in Penygraig.
“Engineering careers are exciting, creative and shape the world around us,” said Ghani.
“That’s why we’re delighted to be joining forces with Apple in this Year of Engineering to show young people from all backgrounds what they could achieve.”
Johny Srouji, senior vice president hardware technologies at Apple added: “Engineering touches every part of our lives and during the UK’s Year of Engineering we’re also delighted to be supporting efforts to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.”