Sustainability Case studies

Inspiring tomorrow’s engineers

An educational initiative in Portugal introduces children to engineering and the important role of minerals in everyday life.

Over the past two years, the Sibelco team at Rio Maior (PT) has provided over one hundred local school children with a fun introduction to engineering and science via a series of visits to our quarry with a range of hands-on activities.

The initiative, known as Engineer for a Day, has helped students aged 10-11 to learn all about the mineral extraction process and how Sibelco’s products are used in everyday life. Participants spent time in the laboratory to understand how minerals behave in different applications and also visited the site’s treatment basins to see how water quality is maintained and levels conserved.

Using Sibelco sand, the children then worked together to create a water filter in a practical application of problem-solving through science and engineering.

The Engineer for a Day initiative is one of several educational events organised by the Rio Maior team. Each year, students are invited to visit the site to plant a tree and create nesting sites for birds. Local pupils are also invited to design a poster that captures Sibelco’s commitment to the environment and local conservation, with the best entries receiving a prize.