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8:00 AM 30th April 2015

Young Engineers Shaping The Future At Get Up To Speed

Students try out a driving simulator at Get Up To Speed 2015
Students try out a driving simulator at Get Up To Speed 2015
Nearly 2,000 schoolchildren and college students from Sheffield took part in the Get Up To Speed engineering event, sponsored by Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Tata Steel.

Youngsters aged from 5 to 25 had the chance to meet leading local businesses to learn about the fundamental role design, engineering and manufacturing have played in their success.

The event, held at Magna in Sheffield on April 22, featured a full sized aircraft which is being built by students and volunteers at Robin Hood Airport, a new generation of android robots and quad copters - including one controlled by brain waves. Also on show was BMW's electric powered I8 supercar and I3 family saloon and a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle, run by Sheffield-based green energy experts ITM Power.

In addition to the interactive exhibits and technology demonstrations, there were a number of challenges for visitors to take part in, including two construction challenges, one of which involved building remote controlled models from Lego.

Steve Wainwright, Chairman of the Institution's Yorkshire Region, said:

"We have a proud manufacturing heritage in the Yorkshire region and still lead the world in many areas of manufacturing and engineering technology. Get Up To Speed will re-assure young people that manufacturing is alive and kicking in the region, tell them about the wide variety of careers available and help to create a new wave of engineering talent that will go some way to plugging the skills gaps we face."