UK-wide Assembly to focus on Engineers on a Health and Wellbeing Mission

Hundreds of engineers have been helping to inspire young people to become engineers as part of ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’.

The engineers from a range of backgrounds all have one thing in common: their incredible work on exciting projects that make a positive difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

The engineers on a mission have been the stars of films and a unique Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly, which offered schools across the UK the chance to take part in the same assembly on engineering careers at the same time.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly took place on Wednesday 6 November. Over 50,000 people are estimated to have taken part using social media.

The assembly was streamed live from The Chase School in Malvern, Worcestershire. Year 10-11 Students from The Chase School also completed an online quiz as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, to find out about their ideal engineering career.

Some of the example engineering careers they were recommended were; Biochemical Engineer, Toxicologist, Cancer Researcher, Software Engineer  and Computer Scientist. Students then got to hear more about some of these careers as part of the Big Assembly.

The Big Assembly will be available to download or stream on demand 24 hours after the live broadcast. Lesson plans, written by a teacher from Appleby Grammar School in Cumbria are also available for schools to use.

The engineers on a mission featured during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which runs from 4-8 November 2019, include:

  • Yewande Akinola who uses engineering to design and construct buildings in our built environment.
  • Natalie Cheung, a civil engineer with a passion for mentoring young people to become engineers on a mission.
  • Imogen Graves, a civil engineer helping protect the environment.
  • Ellen Harper, a masters student at University of Strathclyde helps those with restricted mobility to swim.
  • Hiba Khan, a civil engineer keeping people’s homes safe.
  • Rhodri Lewis, a lifeboat systems engineer at RNLI.
  • Mat Murgatroyd a mechanical engineer working on improving mobility of patients with knee issues.
  • Nana Odom, a clinical engineer using technology to support and advancing patient care.
  • Rebecca Shipley, a healthcare engineer helping to beat cancer.
  • Severin Skillman, software engineer with the UK Dementia Research Institute.
  • Tijana Jevtic Vojinovic a biomedical engineer specialising in rehabilitation and assistive technology at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly is sponsored by EngineeringUK, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the National Centre for Computing Education. It is supported by the Energy Institute, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. It has the backing of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Broadcaster Fayon Dixon, will host the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly for a second year. She said: “I’ve seen first-hand how engineers can make a huge difference in the world. Every year I host events for young people at The Big Bang Fair and see them inspired by engineers who are helping to develop medical procedures, keep us safe, make us fitter and even save the environment we live in!”

Jodie Smith, Professional Partnerships Lead at The Chase, commented: “We at The Chase firmly believe that encouraging more students to take science, technology, engineering and maths subjects is vital to the UK’s future success.

“The Chase was recently named one of the National Centre for Computing Education’s Computing Hub schools which will help us encourage more young people to understand the power of what they can achieve by becoming engineers in this 21st century world.”

Beth Elgood from EngineeringUK, the organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, added: “Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers. The number of professional engineering institutions, engineering employers and individual engineers who participate in this collective drive to raise the profile of engineers grows each year.

“Whether it’s visiting a school to talk about engineering careers as part of the Big Assembly, staging an event to celebrate what engineers do or supporting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week on social media there are lots of ways to get involved.”

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved, visit tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek

 

Pictured: Host and Speakers of the Big Assembly with students from The Chase School in Malvern.