Inspiring budding engineers at free event

  • University of Sheffield to showcase interactive activities for primary school children at Engineering Imagination event
  • Interactive activities include a robotic arm, flight simulator, a giant construction of a tetrahedron and a chance to venture into space on a virtual reality adventure
  • Event marks part of celebrations for International Women in Engineering Day in the Year of Engineering


An event aimed at encouraging inventors and makers of the future by inspiring them to think about a career in engineering is being held on Sunday 17 June.

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2018, the annual Engineering Imagination event will be held in Sheffield Winter Garden.

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 get to grips with friction with help from Spiderman, 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 Women in Engineering 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, which falls within the Year of Engineering, is in support of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED18), which takes place on Saturday 23 June 2018. 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 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.

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