IET London: Savoy Place was one of the venues to take part in Engineering Open House Day
The IET teamed up with venues and organisations across the UK to host its third Engineering Open House Day for budding engineers and their parents.
Engineering Open House Day, which took place on Friday 28 July, forms part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World initiative and aims to show young people and their parents how creative and varied a career in engineering can be by inviting them behind the scenes at some of the UK’s well known attractions and organisations.
Organisations that took part this year included Aberdeen Science Centre, Arqiva Ltd, BBC Bristol, BRE, Brunel Museum, Caterpillar, Concept Shed Ltd, Dr. Martens, Engineers without Borders, EEF Technology Hub, Madame Tussauds, Morphy Richards Engineering Education Centre, Manchester Museum of Science & Industry, National Theatre, Ofcom, Royal Mail, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, IET London: Savoy Place, Sellafield, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Thorpe Park Resort, Tower Bridge, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, as well as the Universities of Huddersfield and Nottingham. In total, the events attracted more than 2,000 visitors and included a range of workshops and practical activities designed to inspire young STEM enthusiasts to think about engineering as a future career.
At BBC Bristol, the Virtual Reality headset proved to be popular and coding activities were a hit with young visitors at Manchester Museum of Science & Industry and Savoy Place. At Engineers without Borders, attendees enjoyed learning about renewable energy by making a wind turbine.
Henry Ball, aged 14, who attended the Engineering Open House Day event at Royal Mail in Birmingham said: “It was very interesting and I was surprised by how many machines there were. If you like building and fixing things then you should definitely work here.”
Gbemisola Oliyide, aged 9, who also attended the event said: “It was particularly surprising to see that Royal Mail had an engineering section. I feel as if engineering is really fun and I would recommend engineering to others – especially my friends.”
Maryam Ali, aged 13, commented: “I found today’s event to be very interesting and a good experience. I now value the importance of engineering in our daily lives a lot more. I would recommend engineering as a career to all the creative people I know so that they have a chance to use their creativity in a useful way.”
It wasn’t just the younger visitors who were impressed by what they saw on the day. Some of the parents were equally fascinated by the engineering and technology on display. Louise Hunton who attended an Engineering Open House Day event at Arqiva said: "I had no idea of the science and engineering behind TV broadcast.”
Throughout the day, #IETOpenHouse was also trending on social media. The event hashtag was cited 488 times on the day and was used over 900 times pre- and post-event. A round-up of the social media activity can be seen on the campaign site. A YouTube video showing some of the day’s activities is also available.