The Engineering Festival 2016 – Please Note Change
Due to restructuring at IWM Duxford we have to postpone the Engineering Festival for a while – it is expected hat the Festival may run late in 2017 or early 2018
About the Day
Year on year this event surpasses the success of the previous one with an increase in the number of schools and companies taking part. The main focus for this year was use of Computer Science and Mathematical modelling in Engineering.
* 529 students aged 15-18 yrs attended from the Eastern Region
* 45 teachers
* 35 schools and 2 home educators
* 49 different employers –including major internationals such as ARM , Rexroth Bosch, PA Consulting and TWI.
* 59 different activities for students and teachers
* Engineering at all level from graduate route, diploma and by apprenticeships.
*To see all the activties and the companies open this Programme – The Engineering Festival
The different types of engineering represented on the day were: biomechatronics, robotics, electronics, systems control, structural, aeronautical, mechanical and acoustics to name a few. The different types of industries and field of engineering included: energy production and supply, water, fast manufacture consumer goods, space, aerospace, aircraft, heavy vehicles, security systems, electronics goods, construction and transport.
We set out with the aim to design and organise an event which would showcase the prowess of engineering here in East Anglia. An event which would bring opportunities for students to engage in some Engineering challenge activities, work through them with teams of qualified Engineers, and allow them to learn on the job! Being in Cambridge, a centre of excellence, meant that students met some of the worlds best Engineers and Technologists.
This is the age of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacture and the Festival showcased the latest in Engineering skills and processes that we need to embed in to our schools. Students and teachers took part in workshops featuring Computer Aided Design, 3D prototyping and printing and the latest Raspberry Pi. There were also workshops using wind tunnels, remote operated submersible vehicles, structural builds, mechanical operations and so on, so that students had the chance to revise or acquire basic knowledge and, through talking with Engineers, get insights into more advanced techniques.
We were astounded by the response to our invitation to Schools and Engineering Companies in their support for this event. We thank everyone for making this such a successful day and look forward to the next Engineering Festival.
Don’t just take our word for it!
The youngsters were a joy to work with, Bright, Intelligent and asked some searching questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the event. Well done STEM TEAM East. Look forward to the next event. STEM Ambassador.
The highlight of the day was seeng all students engaged in hands-on activities, the shear variety, people in industry encouraging the students. Teacher.
Good variety on offer. Liked the CPD aspect and got an opportunity for further CPD as a result. Information on the activities good. Teacher.
The professionalism attracted us to the event.-expectation of quality, a lot on offer. Aim to inspire students to start to think about their careers. Teacher.
The event highlighted aspects of engineering that we were not previously aware of. Student.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the engineering festival. It was very well arranged and organised and I will certainly attend another one in the future. I enjoyed the creative session making an underwater motor. Today really did benefit my knowledge about a variety of engineering careers that are available in completely different ways! It was a pleasure to turn up to this great day! Student.
- TWI Young Person
- TWI Offshore Structures Workshop
- Hills Road Robotics
- Prof Marsh Bridges Around the UK
- It is 3D RapMan 3D prototyping and printing
- Career Corridor
- ARM mbed Robot Race
- Royal Navy Activity
- Big Bang
- ARA Aircraft
- UTC Promotion
- Computer Based Activities
- CCITE, PA Consulting
- Wind Tunnel
- The Engineering Festival
- Structures Ramboll
- Python Programming Workshop
- Graphene Workshop
- CAD and Simulation – Laser
- BBC Stargazing
- Adept Scientific
- Hybrid Cars, Crane Build , Building Acoustics, Brick Arch
- STIXX Engineering Activity
- Raspberry Pi PA Consulting
- Brick Arch