York youngsters explore engineering with trains, cars and skyscrapers

Youngsters from seven York schools took part in a special day of activities at the National Railway Museum to learn about careers in engineering as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

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St John's Fisher Catholic High School pupils (L-R) India Deakin, 13; Helen Rowsby,13 and Morgan Cain,13 with undergraduate Civil Engineer Akif Sarwar during the skyscraper challenge at the National Ra

The Engineering Extravaganza Day was organised by ICE, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Working with practicing engineers, the children participated in activities including:

  • Building replicas of a 4,000 mph vacuum tube train, which has been hypothesised as a potential alternative to air journeys
  • Building a replica of the Bloodhound Car, a 1,000 mph supersonic vehicle that will be tested in 2016
  • Building skyscrapers from Lego to explore how reduced space will affect civilisation.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week runs until Friday 6 November, and is aimed at engaging young people with the industry to inspire them to consider careers in engineering and help to fill the 1.82 million roles the industry needs by 2022.

Josie Rothera, Regional Education Coordinator for ICE in Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is a chance for engineers to engage with young people and promote the exciting opportunities that careers in the industry offer.

“We have a need for almost two million new entrants into engineering in the next seven years, and we hope that some of the young people who took part in Engineering Extravaganza Day will be enthused to take what they have learned forward.”

Claire Marston, Learning Partnership Coordinator at the National Railway Museum added: “Our museum is all about celebrating the wonders of engineering, and our vast halls are the ideal location to get kids fully hands on surrounded by the great engineering achievements of the past 200 years of railway history.”

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