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02/10/2014

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Engineers: Engage!

Why engineering matters?

We have helped engineers in industry at Atkins, Buro Happold, DNV GL and Thames Tideway Tunnel to get in touch with the public and share why their work is so inspiring, fascinating or vital.

All engineers received training and mentoring from the Science in Society team to develop and deliver events during National Science & Engineering Week 2014:

How do wind farms work? (on Youtube 1'24, Facebook and Twitter), DNV GL

- #Bath2050, (on Twitter) Buro Happold

- STEM on the Thames (Science of water, Sustainable London and Underground London), Thames Tideway Tunnel

- Who built Bristol?, Atkins

We have worked with an engineer at Obatec and a number of engineers across different areas to develop and pilot the Guess the engineer outdoors game at the British Science Festival 2014.

Have a look at the Guess the engineer clue cards to learn more about engineering:
Engineer a | Engineer b| Engineer c| Engineer d| Engineer eEngineer f| Engineer g| Engineer h

 

What we offered

to engineers 

  • training and mentoring from experienced science communicators to develop activities that engage non-specialist audiences with their work
  • a discussion platform with members of their target audience (eg British Science Association Youth Panel)
  • development of communication skills and creative thinking
  • increased confidence in engaging non-specialist audiences
  • small budget available to develop an event
  • a chance to dismiss stereotypes around engineering and show its impact on our everyday lives

Good,  helpful advice. Cheers! Atkins engineer

to organisations

  • free professional development for their engineers in communication and other transferable skills such as planning, team work and networking
  • a chance to engage different audiences with their engineering work and raise their profile

  

 Engineers: Engage! is supported by an Ingenious grant from:


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