Katy Bristowe

My experience as an Engineer perfectly complements my transition to teaching.

It allows me to apply out-of-the-box thinking to the classroom by promoting team work and problem solving in order to inspire and engage children in their education from the very start of their school careers. My aim is to enrich children’s opportunities and allow them to explore their passions and talents from an early age.

I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015, where I obtained a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I then worked within the sector for 18 months, but found that something seemed to be missing in the process. I relocated back to my hometown and found an opportunity with a local inventors’ club and absolutely fell in love with the concept. Since then, I have been running multiple sessions every week, which aim to inspire children as young as seven to have a go at making and inventing using a variety of technology including 3D Printing and Laser Cutting. This gives them the opportunity to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) from a different angle to what is often found within mainstream schools. I love seeing what the children come up with and I am constantly amazed by what a ‘nothing is impossible’ approach can bring out of them.

I am currently undertaking a PGCE in Primary Education with Maths as a specialism and am enjoying the process of learning to teach. I look forward to a future in education, where I will aim to bring STEM into the forefront for as many people as possible and I am excited to see where it takes me.