Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News: TeenTech inspires future engineers


Over over 120 engineers, scientists and technologists gathered in South Yorkshire recently to inspire young people about the opportunities within science and technology careers.

The award winning TeenTech event took place at Doncaster racecourse last week with local engineers keen to show off the opportunities for young people in the region. Students enjoyed taking part in the many challenging activities set by the organisations, and gained a taster as to what a career with each exhibitor would be like.

Local exhibitors included Pegler Yorkshire, Efficiency North, Newburgh Engineering, AESSEAL plc, Boxes and Packaging, Made In Sheffield, Tinsley Bridge Group, Reactor, Skanska, Sheffield Forgemasters, Pressure Technologies, William Beckett Plastic Packaging and Doncaster College.

South Yorkshire Fire Brigade tested the skills of young people, challenging them to recover an unconscious "victim" from a blacked out room using thermal imaging technology.

The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) was at the event with their Manufacturing Transporter (MANTRA) (pictured), a specially equipped 14m long lorry designed to give aspiring young engineers a hands on experience with real, leading-edge manufacturing technologies being developed at Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

David Greenan, managing director of Newburgh Engineering in Templeborough is a big supporter of the concept, he said: "We are passionate about promoting a career in Advanced Manufacturing to the young people who will shape our future.

"Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing are key to the future prosperity of the UK and to compete globally we need to inspire, attract and train the cream of the UK's young people. TeenTech shows how exciting, innovative and inspirational the world of STEM can be."

TeenTech Experience is an interactive event that has been pioneered by former Tomorrow's World TV presenter Maggie Philbin. The South Yorkshire event was run by Business & Education South Yorkshire (b&e).

TeenTech website

Newburgh Engineering website

Images: TeenTech


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