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Virtual Workshops and Talks

Delivering FREE virtual STEM engagement for schools and colleges.

During the pandemic, we have been able to adapt our STEM Outreach programmes to offer virtual delivery of workshops and talks to continue to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Even when life returns to some kind of normality, we will still continue to offer virtual engagements, alongside face-to-face sessions as these can often be scheduled into a school's hectic timetable more easily.

Virtual STEM talks

We offer virtual STEM talks, which can be for one class, multiple classes simultaneously or larger assembly groups. Our preferred platform is Microsoft Teams, however, we are happy to use different platforms to suit a school's preference.

Introduction to STEM

Suitable for: Pupils in years 5 & 6
Duration: 30 minutes

About the talk:
We want to excite and inspire your students by talking to them about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and explaining why it so important to the world that we live in. We want to show them what we do at Renishaw and how we are making a difference as one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies.

This talk includes:

  • An introduction to STEM
  • A talk about Renishaw and what we do
  • A “what is engineering” video
  • Q & A session

An optional classroom follow up activity is also available, please let us know if this is required when booking.

Introduction to Engineering

Suitable for: Pupils in years 7 - 13
Duration: 30 minutes

About the talk:
Renishaw is one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to 3D printing, dentistry and brain surgery.

This talk will introduce your students to Renishaw and some of the exciting projects that we are working on. Our aim is to excite and inspire your students by talking to them about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers and how they can make a difference to the world we live in.

This talk includes:

  • An introduction to STEM
  • A talk about Renishaw and what we do
  • Information about Work experience, Apprenticeships, Placement and Graduate programmes
  • Q & A session

Employability talk and CV workshop

Suitable for: Pupils in years 7 - 13
Maximum group size: 35
Duration: 45 minutes

About the workshop:
This workshop will introduce your students to Renishaw, one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies. This introduction will be followed by students participating in an employability activity which will help them to focus on their own personality traits and then explore careers and jobs that often attract such individuals. The session will finish off with some tips on CV writing and some information about the early careers programmes offered by Renishaw.

This workshop includes:

  • An introduction to Renishaw and what we do
  • An employability activity (materials required will be sent in advance to the school)
  • Tips on what to include in your CV
  • Information about our early careers programmes, Work experience, Apprenticeships, Placement and Graduate programmes
  • Q & A session

Technology Talk

Suitable for: Pupils in years 7 - 13
Duration: 30 minutes

About the talk:
This talk celebrates the T in STEM and will introduce your students to Renishaw and some of the exciting projects that we are working on. Our aim is to excite and inspire your students by talking to them about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers and how they can make a difference to the world we live in.

This talk includes:

  • An introduction to Renishaw
  • What is technology?
  • 3D printing - an exciting new technology
  • Design and Technology - a sneak preview inside some everyday items

Virtual workshops

We also offer virtual workshops, which can be delivered to one class and would need to run on Microsoft Teams however, you don't need to have MS Teams account to access the workshop as you can access via a web browser.

Requirements for our workshops:

  • Each pupil will need a computer or laptop with an internet browser installed (Chrome, IE).
  • A good, stable, Internet connection.
  • A mouse for each pupil's P.C. (not essential but makes the experience better)
  • The teacher's laptop will need access to Microsoft Teams and will need the ability for their screen to be projected onto a screen/TV for the class to see.

3D printing workshop

Suitable for: Pupils in years 5, 6, 7 and 8
Maximum group size: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours

About the workshop:
When pupils use 3D printers, they have a mind-set for better learning, one where it is okay to make mistakes. This contributes to their boldness for design, increasing their confidence and imagination.
Pupils will use online Computer Aided Design software, Tinkercad, to design and make a 3D printed object. Pupils will design their very own fridge magnet which will be 3D printed for them and sent to the school.

This workshop includes:

  • What is 3D printing?
  • How to design an object for 3D printing
  • Slicing your 3D design ready for printing
  • See how a 3D printer prints!
  • Examples of how Renishaw uses 3D printing
  • Q & A session

Coding workshop

Suitable for: Pupils in years 5 & 6
Maximum group size: 30
Duration: 1.5 hours

About the workshop:
Software engineers are the brains behind our everyday software, from your favourite app to your favourite computer game. Once pupils start to learn about writing code their imagination can become a reality. Pupils will use online Scratch – a graphical programming tool created by MIT to inspire the next generation of software engineers, to create their very own version of Pong.

This workshop includes:

  • Introduction to Renishaw and what we do.
  • What software engineers do in our company?
  • Create an interactive game using scratch
To discuss any of these virtual sessions or other virtual events you would like support with, please contact the Education Outreach Team: