What is Engineering?

The Women in Engineering Student Society have created a children's book, Suzie and Ricky - The Crash Landing, to try and get children interested in engineering and help parents to understand what engineers do. The book is currently used as a tool to help engage with schools and talk about engineering, science, maths and technology. 

To support the launch of the book we've also developed a website called Engineering Is that includes:

  • an e-version of the book
  • a website, with a 2-3 minute cartoon of the Crash Landing story
  • four online games based upon fundamental engineering principles such as maths and problem solving
  • downloadable lesson plans for teachers and information for parents.

All of these have been made to challenge perceptions of engineering and inspire primary school children to consider studying engineering at university. These are some of the messages we're trying to get out to children and parents unfamiliar with the subject: 

  • Engineering is the combination of lots of subjects such as science, technology and maths
  • Engineering is about team work, problem solving and creativity
  • Engineering is all around you, in the mundane and exciting objects you use every day
  • Engineering is about making a difference in the world.

What is an engineer?

  • Some engineers build rockets, but some build bridges
  • Some engineers grow new skin, some invent new medicines
  • Some engineers create machines and some programme robots
  • Some engineers investigate new forms of energy and some test wireless radar systems
  • Some design aeroplane engines, and wings and, well, pretty much every part of an aeroplane.

Engineering Is website

Engineering is - crash landing

The Engineering Is website hosts the animated video along with four online games based around engineering, you can also request an e-book or the original Suzie and Ricky book, along with downloadable guides for parents and lesson plans for teachers and carers to use.


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Suzie & Ricky - The Crash Landing book

Suzie and Ricky

The book was written by students from Engineering at Sheffield and tells the story of Suzie and her friend Ricky who discover an alien that has crash landed in her back garden. The children take the alien on their school trip to an Engineering Research Institute and meet engineers from different subjects who help them build a rocket to send the alien home.