National Railway Museum to encourage future engineers

Date Posted: 16/10/2018

The National Railway Museum’s annual event ‘Future Engineers’ returns this autumn for a third year, with a programme of activities and shows to inspire the engineers of tomorrow.  

The event, which is part of the government’s Year of Engineering campaign, will take place during October half term, but the attraction is hosting eight days of school events from 7th to 16th November.

Activities will take place in the York museum’s famous Great Hall.

What schools can expect from Future Engineers

There will be a host of educational activities for young people to explore, including the chance to design a robot railway, take part in coding activities and discover how signals work in the ‘Screwball Signals’ marble maze. 

The National Railway Museum is inviting 100 engineers from leading organisations and firms from across the UK to take part and has set a target for 50% of all engineers taking part to be women.  

According to Lynne Minett, head of learning and events at the National Railway Museum, the Future Engineers event aims to “ignite a spark of interest in young people and to break down barriers to show that engineering and science are all around us.”

Minett also commented: “We especially want to reach more girls who are underrepresented in engineering, which is why half of our 100 visiting engineers this year, will be women.”

According to research conducted by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK needs 203,000 skilled recruits each year until 2024, yet only a third of parents said they knew what an engineer does and only 12% of engineers are women.  

Nusrat Ghani, minister for the Year of Engineering, said: “A career in engineering is a chance to create, innovate and shape the future – from travel and space exploration to life-changing technology. 

“Bringing these opportunities to life for young people from all backgrounds is at the heart of the Year of Engineering, and the National Railway Museum’s Future Engineers event will do just that.”

For more information, visit www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/learning/future-engineers-schools.

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