Drawbridges, catapults, and innovative transportation systems for hard-boiled eggs are set be developed by budding young engineers this week, as part of a major programme of activities around the country to mark Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2016.

The creative activities, at 25 different schools in Barrow, Stoke and Lowestoft, are supported by funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of its ongoing projects to support engineering education in the towns. The special workshops, performances and lessons are just some of the many activities happening nationwide as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week - an annual event shining a spotlight on the work of engineers and highlighting range of engineering careers available to young people.

Schools working with the Academy in these towns have received support for their ideas, which include trips to local engineering employers and special lessons to help students to think like an engineer, incorporating themes from across the curriculum. Roman Hill Primary School in Lowestoft, for example, will challenge pupils of all ages to design a suitable and safe transportation system to help Eggdiana Jones (a hard-boiled egg) move around the school over land, water, and through the air – rallying the whole school to the cause in a special assembly to kick off the week.

St Nathaniel’s Academy in Stoke is taking inspiration from the Lego movie to give students the opportunity to design and build castles, catapults and boats. The young engineers will compete to see who can build the tallest tower, and incorporate features including a working drawbridge, as they harness their creative and problem-solving skills needed for a career in engineering.

St Bernard’s RC High School in Barrow will use the week to launch a girls’ engineering club, investing in resources to provoke interest into the world of engineering for students aged 11-14, and inviting engineering ambassadors into the school to talk about their careers.

Other organisations around the country, including many large engineering employers, will be hosting their own activities throughout the week, with many resources available on line for those who would like to get involved or find out more about an engineering career. Further information is available at the Tomorrow's Engineers Week website or by searching #TEWeek16 on Twitter.

Notes for editors

  1. Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek16) takes place from 7-11 November 2016 and aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers to inspire future engineers. To find out how to get involved, visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek.

  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering:
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