Things to look forward to in 2018

Jan 10, 2018

There is lots to look forward to in the coming year. 2018 is The Year of Engineering - a government campaign celebrating engineering which we will be supporting throughout the length of its run. The campaign has its official launch next week.

EngineeringUK is a strategic partner in the This is Engineering campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, launching later in January. This Is Engineering will illustrate the role engineering plays in everyday life and popular culture – from fashion to sport.  It aims to provide more young people with an opportunity to explore how their current passions could become careers through engineering.

The EngineeringUK flagship research document Engineering UK 2018: State of Engineering, featuring detailed statistical analysis of essential information about the engineering industry, will be published soon.

The Big Bang Fair, the UK's biggest STEM event for young people, is taking place once again at the NEC, Birmingham in March. Run by EngineeringUK last year's event was a great success and 2018 is gearing up to be even better - with schools and families booking to experience hands-on science and engineering, take part in interactive workshops, see some exciting stage shows and pick up some careers inspiration along the way. Already our The Rock Music Milkshake Mixer and brand-new star constellations based on inspirational figures have been making noise in the press.

During The Big Bang Fair, the Big Bang Competition finals take place. The winners will receive their prizes during an exciting ceremony culminating in the GSK Young Scientist of the Year and the UK Young Engineer of the Year being crowned. The winners of the titles last year have already gone on to have international success at international STEM events and we can't wait to see how the new winners will get on.

Also on the Friday of The Big Bang Fair the Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge UK finals will take place - the regional finals begin at the end of January, with talented teams undertaking challenges set in conjunction with the RAF, who are celebrating their centenary in 2018. The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge is led by EngineeringUK and the Helsington Foundation in partnership with the RAF and Rolls-Royce, with the support of Airbus and the Reece Foundation.

Tomorrow's Engineers Energy Quest - funded by Shell and run locally by EESW, YESC and Learn by Design – continues around the UK, introducing students to energy engineering. The local Big Bang Near Me fairs will bring a taste of the UK Fair to schools and venues around the UK, giving even more young people the chance to get hands-on with STEM.

In November Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2018 is one of the central events of the Year of Engineering calendar and we look forward to engaging once again with engineers of all disciplines - we'd like everyone working in engineering to take part in some way.

If you are planning an educational engineering or STEM outreach event in 2018 make sure to get your free printed resources from the Tomorrow's Engineers website.




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