A DRIVE to showcase how engineers help people’s health and wellbeing is underway as plans for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019 have been unveiled.
At the heart of the week will be a “Big Assembly”, where around 50,000 young people are expected to take part in the same school assembly at the same time.
The Big Assembly, which IPEM is sponsoring, will feature inspirational engineers on a mission to improve people’s health and the nation’s wellbeing.
Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place 4 – 8 November and the Big Assembly will take place and be streamed live on Wednesday 6 November. Last year, more than 850 schools and 50,000 young people took part. Schools can sign up to take part and download lesson plans at www.bigassembly.org.
The Assembly and the wider Tomorrow’s Engineers Week of activity will highlight how engineering can be the career to fulfil young people’s dreams of rewarding careers tackling important issues facing society.
A survey by Sapio Research on behalf of EngineeringUK has shown that nine in ten young people would like a job with a purpose, 64 per cent of parents want their children to have a job that is something they can be proud of, and 38 per cent want their child to make a positive difference to society with their careers.
Wednesday 6 November has also been designated as “This Is Engineering Day” by the Royal Academy of Engineering, a new national awareness day dedicated to publicly celebrating the engineers and engineering technicians shaping society and solving global problems. The focus this year is on changing the stereotypical image of the engineer and engineering among the wider public.
Beth Elgood, from EngineeringUK, the organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, said: ‘With so many career options open to young people, it’s vital that they understand the sheer range of exciting opportunities engineering provides.
‘From tackling diseases to saving lives at sea, to stopping flooding, preventing plastics from entering our oceans and even helping animals, engineers are at the heart of making the world a better place.
‘Last year’s first ever Big Assembly was a huge success with 850 schools taking part and we look forward to even more students being part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week in 2019.’
For 2019, lesson plans will also be available to support the Big Assembly. These will help teachers integrate the Assembly into a wider school assembly, a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects lesson or a personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) session.
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