Welcome to our education hub!
At Amey, we have a great deal of exciting learning opportunities on offer, to help inspire and educate young people.
We've created this Education Hub to provide free access to a range of inclusive activities and resources that we hope will bring some fun in to the home as well as educate, engage and inspire our young people, from designing a railway route and building structures to learning more about the environment.
All the activities aim to give a taste of the diverse careers that are available at Amey and within our sectors, and in particular with regards to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.
World Environment Day 2020 - Time for Nature!
Friday 5th June 2020 is World Environment Day – and this year's chosen theme is biodiversity! Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million species on the planet – from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria; the ecosystems that house them; and the genetic diversity among them.
A recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services suggests that 1,000,000 species are threatened with extinction worldwide and, according to the World Wildlife Fund, only 16% of habitats in Europe are in good health. The goal of World Environment Day is to bring these issues to the forefront of our minds, recognise the benefits a bio-diverse planet affords us, and take steps (even small ones) to help reverse the trend.
Many of us have had to take on the role of teacher over the last few months. There is a huge array of resources out there to help ensure biodiversity can be included in the home-school curriculum, ensuring that kids can get outside and have a bit of fun:
- The RSPB have created a number of resources to help kids become wildlife detectives and build homes for nature. Try digging a ditch for diversity or making a frog or toad abode!
- Focussing on the importance of wildflowers, Plantlife invite you to embark on botanical adventures and try your hand at making a “scaremow”.
- The World Wildlife Fund have produced a very engaging range of teaching materials, including video, PowerPoint presentations and much more; showcasing the diversity of ecosystems across the planet.
- Bees play a well-documented and important role in our garden ecosystems as key pollinators. However, their number are in decline. The Bee Conservation Trust can help you do your bit to help them and build a nest I your garden
- The Scottish Wildlife Trust cater to all age groups with content to support everything from minibeast hunts to pond building, and everything in between.
Our time outdoors feels more valuable than ever under the current circumstances. Make the most of it by embracing the biodiversity you might be missing:
- Covering various habitats, Wildlife Watch have produced a brilliant range of spotting sheets, to be used in the garden or out and about.
- Why not share what you find with others? Ispot provides a platform for discussing, sharing and identifying species you’ve seen in your local area, while apps such as iNaturalist and Map of Life mean you can do this while you’re on the move.
- The Wildlife Trusts want us all to make June a wild month with 30 Days Wild. Apply for your pack online and start making those “random acts of wildness”!
- You could even contribute to some citizen science through reporting the birds you see in your garden (with the British Trust for Ornithology) or other plants and animals you see further afield.
By now most gardens, where people are luck enough to have them, will be looking immaculate. However, if you want to enhance its biodiversity credentials, you still have some work to do:
- Turns your garden into a bio-diversity haven with guides from Buglife.
- With the help of Maybe you could embrace a more natural approach to gardening and re-wild part of your patch – or even create your own wildflower meadow.
- You might even be able to nab some free wildflower seeds through Just Bee.
We all share the same planet and we all have the opportunity to do our little bit to help protect it. Our collective effort in response to the current pandemic shows what can be done when everyone pulls in the same direction and can see the bigger picture. We’d love for you to take the first steps towards changing the way you look at your local environment, taking your family on the journey and having a bit of fun along the way.
Enter our Birdfeeder Competition!
We're looking to encourage children and families to create our Bottle Birdfeeder to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes.
We're looking to encourage young people to welcome birds into the garden this Spring by building their very own birdfeeder. All you need is an empty plastic bottle and some everyday household items. You can even make your own bird feed too! Take a look at the activity sheet and supporting video, which will guide you through the simple steps.
To enter the competition:
You need to take a picture or video of your birdfeeder - even better when feeding birds and upload it onto your social channels (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn (make sure you @mention AmeyPlc), YouTube and include the hashtag #AmeyED
On Monday 8th June, we'll select two photos at random to win a Family Membership to the RSBP.
Engineering Challenge Pack
We've developed a number of activity sheets to 'plant a seed' and raise awareness of engineering; encouraging young people to explore engineering in a fun and safe environment. These activities have been used by Girlguiding, but we've decided to open it up for everyone to enjoy taking part.
For more information, take a look at the Engineering Challenge Leaders Pack. And, if you'd like to access the 14 Activity Sheets, you can simply do that by Requesting our Engineering Education Pack and Certificate.
Waste and Recycling
We're passionate and committed to educating young people about waste and the three 'Rs' - reduce our waste, re-use our waste and recycle our waste! We've developed a selection of downloadable, fun activity sheets to raise awareness of waste, recycling and the environment.
- Build Your Own Bird Feeder - we've also created a 'How to guide' that gives you step-by-step instructions by our Waste Education Manager, Jonathan Crisp
- Waste Wordsearch
What we hope to achieve through the Education Hub
We've set some clear objectives to guide our education work at Amey. These include:
- Inspiring a diverse pipeline of future STEM talent to join and grow with Amey.
- Providing the opportunities for our people to contribute to our local communities whilst at the same time boosting their professional skills, experience and confidence.
- Ensuring that our activities are inclusive so young people of all ages and all backgrounds are aware of the opportunities that STEM can provide.
- Supporting wider education agenda that support greater social mobility.
Organisations Amey partners with
To support our work with young people Amey has partnered with a number of organisations. Please follow their links for further education resources.
- The Duke or Edinburgh's Award (DofE) - the DofE charity works with organisations across the UK to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life through the completion of an award. During the COVID-19 pandemic DofE has created a list of Activity Ideas - helping DofE participants to continue with their award #DofEWithADifference.
- Girlguiding - Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Its aim is to build girls' confidence, raise their aspirations and ensure they reach their full potential regardless of gender, identity, background or ability. Girlguiding has recently created a programme called Adventures At Home. This allows parents, carers, volunteers, units and girls of all ages to access a bank of free resources online to create fun and adventure at home!
Further resources available
We have put together a list of free and available online resources to support with home learning during this period. They offer a range of interactive activities and videos, educational learning and wide range of resources to download.