For the fifth year in a row, the IET’s Engineering Open House Day saw children and their parents go behind the scenes of well-known engineering and technology brands, as 64 companies got involved with 53 events taking place up and down the country.
Companies such as Amazon, The National Theatre, Ofcom, Royal Mail and BBC Birmingham opened their doors to showcase the huge variety of engineering and technology roles within. The events demonstrated the plethora of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers available.
The successful events follow new IET research, which shows nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of parents say their children have expressed an interest in engineering as a future career.
However, almost a third (31 per cent) of parents felt they would struggle to describe what an engineer actually does – this is despite almost all (97 per cent) of them remarking that they would be proud if their child became an engineer in the future.
The popularity of Engineering Open House Day comes as a large number of parents (69 per cent) felt that experiencing what happens behind the scenes of an organisation would help them encourage their children to take up a role in an engineering or technology profession.
By highlighting the important role that engineers play in everyday life, and the creativity and diversity of work in this sector, Engineering Open House Day connects directly with children to inspire and motivate them towards exploring careers in engineering and technology. It also equips and encourages parents to support their kids in nurturing their curiosity.
We'd like to thank all of our members that attended with their families and also to volunteers that helped out on the day providing support to venues and attendees. To get a taster of some of the events that took place on the day, take a look at our highlights video via IET.tv.
Engineering Open House Day is part of the IET’s annual Engineer a Better World campaign. To find out more, please visit https://www.engineer-a-better-world.org/.