Festival of Engineering announced by IET

The festival for secondary schools, introducing pupils to the various aspects of an engineering career, returns to London for 2019

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that its third Festival of Engineering (EngFest) will take place in London on 2 April 2019.

The festival is aimed at giving secondary school students a taste of being an engineer for a day, and will include inspiring talks, exciting exhibits and hands-on workshops. There are two streams aimed at different age groups:

EngVentures is for students in Key Stages 3 and 4 and will open up a world of engineering possibilities. Last year, students had a taste of being an F1 designer, were shown AI and machine learning, and were able to programme robots from code written on their mobile phones.

Talks already confirmed for 2019 include the science behind gaming, how engineers are essential to designing toys, and what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

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Fast Forward is for those aged 16-18 and will showcase some of the technologies the next generation of engineers might be working on. Students will be given the opportunity to find out about how magnetically levitating pods carrying passengers at hundreds of miles an hour could be the ultimate 21st century transport, how swarm robotics are revolutionising medicine, and what the next steps for exploring Mars are, as well as much more.

A teacher from Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy, who attended the last EngFest, commented:“The talks promoted quite a lot of discussion with my students as they didn’t realise what different types of jobs you could get into. The students also liked the workshop with all the different robotics and activities that they could take part in.”

Tickets to EngFest are free and will be allocated by a random ballot, which is open until 21 December 2018. For those that are unable to attend the event, talks are also available on demand on the EngFest website, and teachers can also use these talks as part of their educational resources.

For more information, and to apply for up to 15 tickets per event, see the EngFest website: www.engfest.org.

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