Edge Hill University is set to recruit talented engineers to help inspire children to become the innovators, inventors and problem solvers of the future.

Thanks to funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious Project, the University will recruit five engineers to deliver pop-up events for children.

Targeting young girls, children in pupil referral units and other typically hard-to-reach 10 to 14-year-olds, it’s hoped the hand-on-sessions will encourage them to enter engineering. Carl Simmons, Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education, said:

“We’re really excited to be one of three partners in the North West delivering this exciting #HackcampUK project. Phase one will see us recruiting five engineers working across the industry in sectors such as computing, mechanical, civil and structural engineers.

“Then in phase two we’ll work with our partner schools and colleges to design the pop-up events with the engineers. They will all focus on solving issues relating to the United Nation’s Sustainability Goals which include things such as providing everyone with clean water and sanitation and affordable, clean energy.

“We’re hoping each engineer will deliver three events over the year showing the younger generation why they’re passionate about engineering and how they can think about engineering in their everyday lives.”

Edge Hill University will join Wigan STEAM, Mako Education (Widnes) and the Foundation For Digital Creativity in the project which will recruit 20 engineers in the north west. Elizabeth Parsons, Project Manager of #HACKcampUK, said:

“With the planet and technology changing so quickly I wanted to show children and young people how they can get involved in designing the technology of the future. How they can play a role in shaping how we live, work and travel, and how they can learn about what it means to think like an engineer. Thanks to the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant we have been able to launch this exciting project and open up a world of opportunity to transform children’s life ambitions.”

Any engineers or companies who would like to get involved with the Ingenious Project should contact carl.simmons@edgehill.ac.uk