‘Engineer a Superhero’ 2016 - Celebrating Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (7 – 11 November)

Ever wished you could have Wonder Woman's superhuman speed, a car like the Batmobile, or be able to throw webs like Spiderman? In the future, some of these superpowers could be within our reach.

As part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week (7–11 November), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET) has assembled a crack team of engineers to investigate the superpowers of iconic superheroes. The IET is inviting superhero fans of all ages to join our #EngineerASuperhero Twitter party on Wednesday 9th November between 1pm – 2pm. You'll be able to grill the engineering masterminds on how advances in engineering and technology could make your favourite superheroes' powers a reality in future.

For more information visit - http://www.mumsnet.com/bloggers/join-us-for-a-twitter-party-with-the-iet

 

IET Twitter party 2015:

Do you find yourself struggling for answers to the difficult questions your kids often ask? Maybe they’re interested in science and engineering – in how things work or are made – and you find yourself telling little white lies to get yourself off the hook?

If so, you’re not alone, as a study commissioned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology found that two thirds of parents feel they don’t know enough to help their child if asked for advice on engineering.

With this in mind, late last year the IET assembled an inspirational team of engineers from different areas of the industry to help parents answer those tricky questions during a Twitter party called #AskTheEngineers that IET held in partnership with Mumsnet. Engineering is actually a broad subject – did you know that it encompasses a wide variety of topics including science, design, technology, computing, construction, architecture, sound and lighting, and space travel? Our experts helped answer a wide variety of parents' questions; from how bridges stay up, aeroplanes stay in the sky, how TV and radio is broadcast into our homes, and even how robots are used in industry to do the difficult jobs humans can’t.

Take a look at some of the questions we received during the party and the answers our engineers gave:

Ask The Engineers Infographic

About ‘Ask the Engineers’ 

The IET's ‘Ask the Engineers’ collaboration with Mumsnet was part of the IET’s Engineer a Better World campaign, launched in March 2015. It was also the IET’s contribution to the national Tomorrow’s Engineers Week from 2 – 6 November 2015. The Engineer a Better World campaign is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians by encouraging young people and their parents to nurture their curiosity and think differently about careers in engineering. The variety of exciting, creative and stimulating careers in modern engineering is vast – the campaign showcases interesting female engineers who have fun, rewarding careers. Despite the wealth of exciting career routes available, demand for engineers far exceeds supply. Worryingly, only 9 percent of those engineers in the UK today are women and the IET wants to get more young people – including girls – interested in a career in the industry.

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