IOM3 involved in Engineering Extravaganza for Schools

5 Nov 2018

Between 6-12 November, IOM3 will be taking part in an Engineering Extravaganza across Yorkshire as part of Tomorrow's Engineer's Week, together with four other leading engineering institutions – the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and for its first year the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

The Extravaganza is designed to encourage 12 to 14 year-olds to take up a career in engineering. STEM Ambassadors from each institution, including Diane Aston for IOM3, will set hands-on challenges and teach young pupils and teachers about the world of materials and engineering. Each of the institutions will present to around 350 young people and their teachers.

This is the first time the event has been held in West Yorkshire after IOM3, ICE, IET and IMechE took part in the very successful Bradford Science Festival in July 2018.

The IOM3 challenge explores how materials play a vital role in our daily lives and have helped to change and improve the technology we rely on.

The day runs as follows:

  • What is engineering? Presentation followed by an explanation of what will happen during the day
  • Kids split in to 4-6 groups and cycle round 4-5 activities
  • Final presentation reiterating key messages and highlighting routes in to engineering

All of the children taking part will receive a goody bag of careers resources from each institution and the teachers also get a pack for them to use in future.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week runs from 5–9 November 2019. Events and activities are hosted by companies, educators and professional engineering institutions across the UK. 

For more information about IOM3 outreach activities to schools, visit our Schools Affiliate Scheme.