Tomorrow’s Engineers hosts biggest-ever school assembly

Thousands of kids have been able to learn about careers in the industry through ICE activities organised during Tomorrow's Engineers Week. 

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More than 45,000 people tuned in to watch the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly on Wednesday.

The live video stream, featuring a panel of inspiring engineers who discussed their careers and the positive impact engineering has on the issues young people care about most, was broadcast to more than 400 schools across the UK.

According to the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme, this makes it the “biggest school assembly of its kind, ever”. Issues discussed included saving the environment, animal welfare, and health.  

The assembly was one of a series of events organised for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (5-9 November 2018), which aims to encourage young people’s interest in STEM and in engineering careers.  

The sixth year of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week coincides with the Year of Engineering and ICE 200, a celebration of the ICE’s 200th anniversary.

Engineering inspiration around the country

As a partner in the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme, ICE Cymru kicked off the week with an engineering team challenge in Wales. This saw children from several local schools taking part in operating a flood scour model to demonstrate ‘real’ engineering challenges.

Later that evening, ICE South West got a taste of the red carpet with the launch of its Engineering Plymouth film, narrated by comedian Dawn French, which explores the past 500 years of engineering feats in Plymouth.

Young engineers in parliament

On Tuesday, ICE London hosted the ICE #ICanEngineer Competition in the Houses of Parliament in London for three schools who reached the final.

The 14 to 16-year-old students also got to see how parliament’s over 200-year-old irrigation system worked, and how it’s still operating today.

Other events that took place as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week included Sherbourne Primary School in Dorset hosting an ICE Bridge to Schools event, which saw primary school children help ICE volunteers build a model cable-stay bridge large and strong enough to walk over.

Meanwhile, Winchester Cathedral Primary School ran a science fair, where ICE volunteers hosted tower-building activities.

You can see what the rest of the nation got up to by following the #TEWeek18 hashtag.