The Imaginarium

Engineer a better world by inspiring the next generation of engineers and technicians.


On Saturday 29th October Engineering at Sheffield held an exciting free event celebrating Sheffield’s Year of Making and our heritage as makers. From 10am to 3pm over 900 visitors joined us in The Diamond for family friendly talks and fun, hands-on activities.

Our aim with The Imaginarium was to invite people to a fun and inspiring world of engineering, show them the huge range of exciting, current and creative possibilities engineering has to offer, to inspire the next generation of engineers.

There is a huge engineering skills gap in the UK, EngineeringUK reports that we need to find 1.82 million new engineers by 2022 to supply industry demand. The best way to encourage more people into engineering is to show them. Let them see the impact of the things engineers make on their day to day lives; in our mobile phones, transport and healthcare, deliver it to them in a fun and practical way with live experiments, competitions and by opening our doors and inviting the public into our world.

We had fifty volunteer engineering staff members and science and engineering ambassadors helping on the day with over twenty activities including Nao robots, virtual reality headsets, paint spinning, chocolate testing and bridge building.

Feedback from the day was extremely positive, with parents praising the one-to- one interactions their children had with the engineering teams behind the activities:

“Thanks for a fab afternoon inspiring my little horrors!”
“Thank you for an incredible day learning and having so much fun.”

I'm impressed by the technology on display but even more so the passionate, intelligent people interacting with kids