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The Morphy Richards Engineering Education Centre. The centre provides experiential indoor and outdoor learning for Primary and early Secondary school students, aimed to help inspire and engage young people in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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Our in-house STEM workshops work in partnership with organisations such as Scottish Power, UTC Aerospace Systems and Electronics Company Selex-ES, the programmes are designed to help schools deliver STEM-based activities while offering opportunities to highlight the valued and exciting future career prospects in these areas and in particular within engineering.

All our activities are designed to give pupils a STEM experience which challenges them to imagine, design, build and test solutions to real world problems. Through applying their skills and knowledge to create these solutions, we aim to give young people an insight into the exciting and valued career choices open to them with continued study of the STEM subjects through their school years and beyond. The centre is also used by key STEM providers such as ‘Young Engineers and Science Clubs’ and ‘Primary Engineer’ to deliver motivating professional development for teachers which focus on practical activities and relate to real-life and current examples of STEM in the work place. In addition, the facilities and programme will offer opportunities to link with industry experts who can provide an up-to-date and stimulating vision of STEM career opportunities for young people and their career influencers

The ‘Harmony’ outdoor play park surrounding the engineering workshop – presents a unique learning experience which helps re-connect children and visitors to the estate with the natural world and our built heritage. A theme which centres around the natural elements – Earth, Water, Air and Fire is incorporated into a landscape design which uses high quality engineering and scientific enquiry play equipment. Visitors can explore the elements using sand, gravel and water in this multi-sensory facility set into the woodland surroundings. The park is free and open to school/youth groups and also public visitors to the Dumfries House Estate During school term time it may be closed at certain times to allow exclusive use by pre-booked schools parties as part of our education programme.

School groups and youth organisations wishing to visit the centre should contact Dumfries House Education via email: education@dumfries-house.org.uk or telephone: 01290 429917 for more information on programmes and availability. In addition for a list of forthcoming events, clubs and other activities on offer at the centre – please contact as above.

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