As part of the UK Year of Engineering, the LEGO Group will collaborate with the Institution of Engineering and Technology on the Engineers of the Future roadshow.
The LEGO Group is getting involved with a UK scheme to promote the engineers of the future. A government campaign, the Year of Engineering, is seeking to combat the skills gap and lack of diversity in the engineering profession. The scheme intends to demonstrate to school children that engineering is a potential career path.
In the autumn, the Engineers of the Future roadshow will be visiting primary schools around Britain, leg by engineers with LEGO Education equipment. Using WeDo 2.0 and Mindstorms EV3, students will get hands on sessions in engineering and the opportunity to be inspired by engineering professionals.
“I’m thrilled to announce our collaboration with LEGO as part of the Year of Engineering. LEGO’s enduring popularity is testament to the curiosity, ingenuity and creativity that make so many children natural engineers, and Engineers of the Future is a chance to build on this – helping young people from all backgrounds discover how these skills could be their passport to a varied, well-paid and exciting career that makes a real difference to the world around them,” said Nusrat Ghani, Minister for the Year of Engineering.
First LEGO League (FLL) will also be part of the collaboration, with the Engineers of the Future challenge encouraging FLL entrants to share their entries with other schools by producing videos of their completed projects. Winning teams will be able to share their inventions at a special event in Parliament, giving children the opportunity to show MPs the importance of modern engineering skills.
“For more than 35 years it has been our mission to inspire and develop all children, equipping them with the right skills to empower them to succeed, whatever their background and whatever their ambition,” said Camilla Bottke, Head of LEGO Education After School and Competition.
Other big names involved in the Year of Engineering include Apple, Usborne and the BBC.