University inspires budding engineers

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An event designed to inspire budding inventors and makers to consider a career in engineering is being hosted by a Sheffield university.

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2018, the annual Engineering Imagination event will take place at Sheffield Winter Garden this Sundaythe

From a robotic arm and a flight simulator, to a giant construction of a tetrahedron, students and staff have ensured that there will be something for everyoneat the event, which is being hosted by the University of Sheffield. Visitors will have the chance to get to grips with friction, with a little help from Spiderman, interact with robots, or venture into space with the Women in Engineering Society on a virtual reality adventure, picking up a free copy of their ‘Suzie & Ricky’ book along the way.

Dr Gwen Reilly, faculty director for Women in Engineering, said: “I’m really looking forward to this event which is a lot of fun for all the family. We introduce our future engineers to important advances in technology in a very informal setting.

“The event is made possible through the hard work of our staff and students who show such enthusiasm and willingness to give something back to our local communities in the city of Sheffield.”

Scientists and engineers will be on hand throughout the day at the event, which runs from 11am to 3pm, to tell their own stories about their journeys into engineering.

The event, which falls within the Year of Engineering, is in support of International Women in Engineering Day, which takes place on June 23. The day is an awareness campaign raising the profile of women in engineering with a focus on the career opportunities available to females in engineering and technical roles.

The University of Sheffield is committed to inspiring and encouraging women to pursue an education and career in the engineering industry, an industry in which the engineering workforce is currently 91 percent male.