Engineer Your Future, a new interactive exhibition opening today at the Science Museum, aims to change young people’s perception of modern engineering. HRH The Prince of Wales opened the exhibition yesterday, meeting students from Chelsea Academy, Industrial Cadets and Engineering Apprentices during a tour of the exhibition.
Making use of the latest research, including the Academy’s recent report Thinking like an engineer , the museum has worked with engineering companies across the UK to create an experience which will really challenge young people to think about their future. The installations explore engineering through striking objects and three challenging interactive games that bring to life the skills engineers use every day.
The exhibition reveals compelling stories of the people who work in engineering today. Engineers developing faster racing yachts, safer building design for areas at risk of tsunamis and smarter artificial hands are featured in a short film with cutting-edge prototypes on display to illustrate how engineers improve and test their ideas.
In Rugged Rovers, an online game specially designed for the exhibition, players can put their problem-solving skills to the test, designing a vehicle that can travel the furthest across a challenging alien landscape and competing against others rovers, some designed by a real Mars rover engineer.
Engineer Your Future has been generously supported by ABB, BT, EDF Energy, IBM, Mott MacDonald, National Grid, Network Rail and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with additional support from the Royal Academy of Engineering and EngineeringUK. The exhibition is part of the Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the number of young people studying mathematics and physics and considering STEM careers.
Science Museum Director Ian Blatchford said: “The aim of Engineer Your Future is to surprise, intrigue and tempt the vast numbers of young people who visit the Science Museum to think seriously about becoming engineers.”
Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “This is an exciting and important exhibition that demonstrates powerfully how the role of engineering changes constantly, responding to the demands of the day. Many of the engineering jobs we will need in 20 years’ time have not been invented yet. The spread of mobile technology, the development of composite materials and the increasing demand for energy, have made engineering a hugely satisfying and valuable career.”
Steve Holliday FREng, CEO of National Grid and Chair of the consortium supporting Engineer Your Future, said: “Engineering is creating the future. The internet, the tablet computer, space rockets, the electricity grid that supplies your homes, were all designed, built and maintained by Engineers. If creating the things that are going to shape all our futures excites you, then why wouldn’t you want to be an Engineer?”
Notes for Editors
Engineer Your Future opens at the Science Museum on 17 December 2014. This free exhibition will run for three years. Further information, including links to careers advice and details of many of the engineers featured in the exhibition can be found at sciencemuseum.org.uk/engineeryourfuture. Follow the conversation online using #EngineerYourFuture.
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: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.
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