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Festival of Engineering for secondary schools takes place

The festival gave secondary school students a taste of being an engineer for the day, with inspiring talks, exciting exhibits – such as HYPED’s very own Hyperloop prototype – and hands-on workshops from the likes of The Royal Navy, Bloodhound, Transport for London, IBM, Cyber First, Glasgow Science Centre and RS Components. There were two streams aimed at different age groups:

Aimed at 11 – 15-year-olds, EngVentures opened up a world of engineering possibilities with a variety of talks covering topics such as how to harness the power of a man-made sun, the astounding facts and figures behind Crossrail - Europe's largest infrastructure project, how to engineer the perfect gaming experience and much more.

Fast Forward was for those aged 16-18 and showcased some of the technologies the next generation of engineers might be working on. Students were given insights into future trends and technologies that have the potential to improve people’s lives and address some of the world’s grand challenges, such as how swarm robotics are revolutionising medicine, will we ever get to Mars and is the hyperloop the latest mode of transport?

The event took place at IET London: Savoy Place. To find out more, please visit

Speakers included:

  • Rob Bell, TV presenter, broadcaster, adventurer and engineer
  • Dr Chantal Nobs, Radiometric Researcher, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
  • Max McMurdo, Designer, upcycler, entrepreneur and TV presenter
  • Mamta Singhal, Designer, innovator and global toy design engineer
  • Max Scott-Slade, Games Developer
  • Mike Ford, Chartered Engineer, Bloodhound Education
  • Rhys Williams, Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Crossrail
  • Brian David Johnson, Futurist and writer
  • Bill Thompson, Tech writer for the BBC
  • Laura Gemmell, Swarm Robotics and award-winning technologist and educator
  • Dr Anita Sengupta, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Neil Buchanan, Technical Manager at HYPED, University of Edinburgh
  • Steve Mould, Television presenter and science author
  • Perdi Williams, Research Scientist at the National Physics Laboratory
  • Julie Feest, CEO, Engineering Development Trust
  • Solveiga Pakstaite, Founder and Director at Mimica.



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