EngAn event aimed at encouraging inventors and makers of the future by inspiring them to think about a career in engineering is being held by the faculty this weekend (Sunday 2 June 2019).

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, the annual Engineering Imagination event will take place at the Sheffield Winter Garden and promises to be full of exciting activities to inspire and encourage the future generation of makers and engineers.

From a robotic arm and a flight simulator, to a giant construction of a tetrahedron, students and staff have ensured that there will be something for everyone. Visitors will have a chance to interact with robots or venture into space with the Women in Engineering Society on a virtual reality adventure, picking up a free copy of their ‘Suzie & Ricky’ book along the way.

Dr Gwen Reilly, Faculty Director for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion said: “I’m really looking forward to this event which is a lot of fun for all the family. We introduce our future engineers to important advances in technology in a very informal setting. The event is made possible through the hard work of our staff and students who show such enthusiasm and willingness to give something back to our local communities in the city of Sheffield.”

Scientists and engineers will be on hand throughout the day from 11am-3pm to tell their own stories about their journeys into engineering.

The event is in support of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED19), which takes place on Sunday 23 June 2019. The day is an awareness campaign raising the profile of women in engineering with a focus on the career opportunities available to females in engineering and technical roles.

The University of Sheffield is committed to inspiring and encouraging women to pursue an education and career in the engineering industry, an industry in which the engineering workforce is currently 94 percent white and 91 percent male. The event aims, along with other initiatives such as STEM for Girls and the Wall of Women in the Faculty of Engineering, to urge females across the country to close the gap and create a more diverse engineering workforce.