Piloted in 2012 with the target audience of schools, museums, science centres, engineering festivals and sector trade shows. The project has now partnered with ‘VertiKal Net’ the UK’s networking body for ‘Lifting and Access’ engineering. This partnership links to the sectors agencies mobilising ambassadors and sponsors; facilitating access to engineering equipment and careers advice.
Young people are mentored in teams by engineering ambassadors from academic and industrial backgrounds to construct working engineering models. Teams then compete at public venues for engineering awards from industry partners.
In addition to teamwork, learning outcomes include contextual understanding of engineering principles; hydraulic systems, pulleys, gears, electromagnetism and methods of actuation or control. Young people gain understanding of their region’s engineering heritage, and through working with an ambassador will see themselves as engineers of the future.