Special reception held for 44 budding young engineers.
The students were part of five winning teams in the Engineers of the Future competition, a robotics and coding challenge which encouraged children aged 7 to 16 across the UK to get hands-on and creative with engineering. The special guests showcased their award-winning engineering projects inspired by Lego play.
Engineers of the Future has seen the government’s Year of Engineering campaign, Lego Education and the Institution of Engineering and Technology join forces to give more children around the country the opportunity to meet engineering role-models and to take part in engaging STEM activities.
As part of the campaign, the Engineers of the Future roadshow visited primary schools across the UK this autumn and winter, with a focus on schools that hadn’t previously taken part in engineering activities. Led by engineers equipped with Lego Education coding and robotic activities, the roadshow aimed to inspire children by giving them access to quality hands-on learning experiences to help them discover the exciting opportunities available to aspiring engineers.
Minister for the Year of Engineering Nusrat Ghani said: “Working with Lego Education and the Institution of Engineering of Technology, we have been able get many schoolchildren involved in engineering projects for the first time – a vital way of showing young people from all backgrounds the amazing things they could achieve as engineers.”
Victor Saeijs senior VP Western Europe for the Lego Group said: “Our core mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, equipping children from an early age with the right skills to succeed, whatever their background or ambition. Today’s showcase is about recognising those children and giving them a platform to share their innate creativity, passion and aptitude for STEM with decision makers. We are delighted to have supported the government on this initiative and believe it sends a clear message about the importance of investing in the development of key skills from an early age.”