Train people at an early age... Enough reason to bring children into contact with this ‘special’ profession. Therefore, Nienke van den Berk, eightgrade 28 teacher at De Raamdonk primary school, took her class on a trip to Royal SMIT Transformers B.V. in Nijmegen. They were given a tour and were allowed to carry out different experiments. “Our school's slogan is ‘developing talent’. We really want our pupils to discover what their talents are, and preferably with as broad a scope as possible. With some kids it's already noticeable at a young age that they have a special knack for technology. You've got kids who are good at mathematics, but you also have those who are good at working with their hands. We have various construction materials and technology bins that pupils can have fun with. K’NEX toys, for instance, or puzzles that teach the kids to make airplanes fly in the right direction.” Technology week “During the introduction of a technology week, a mother of one of the kids in my class invited us on an excursion to her employer Royal SMIT. The kids thought it was just fabulous and they were encouraged to ask questions to everybody they met. There were a number of presentations that were visualised very well. The working of an atom was explained using practical examples, including how Formula One driver Max Verstappen takes a corner, and other such facts. This is something that gets young minds fired up. The kids were allowed to do tests, and the programme concluded with a tour of the premises. At the end of the day, some kids said they definitely wanted to work in technology when they grew up. It was a very successful outing.” IF YOU ASK YOUNG CHILDREN WHAT THEY WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP, YOU'LL PROBABLY HEAR THINGS LIKE FIREFIGHTER, TEACHER OR VETERINARIAN. ELECTRICAL ENGINEER IS NOT SOMETHING YOU'RE LIKELY TO HEAR. AND YET THERE ARE SO MANY FASCINATING THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS IN THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY, SUCH AS EXCITING EXPERIMENTS OR CHALLENGING PUZZLES.
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