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Engineering Open House Day aims to help young people and their parents understand what it’s like to work as an engineer by giving special, behind-the-scenes access to a wide variety of organisations to demonstrate how creative and innovative a career in engineering could be.

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Engineering Open House Day 2019 took place on Friday 26 July.

With over 60 organisations involved, we saw over 4,000 children and their parents attend one of the events to go behind the scenes and learn about the wonderful world of engineering!

Take a look:

We’ll be adding 2020’s event details soon, but these are the fantastic organisations that took part in Engineering Open House Day 2019….

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

ABERDEEN SCIENCE CENTRE 

Aberdeen Science Centre (formally known as Satrosphere) is Scotland’s oldest science and discovery centre. Originally founded in 1988 we have been engaging people with science for over 30 years. Our interactive, hands on exhibits and live science shows help our visitors discover more about the world around them and the science of how things work.

Activities suitable for a family audience

 

ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND

ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM

Build a rocket worthy of Apollo! Join the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium for a fun-filled day of making Rockets in our special Rocket Workshop. Learn what it takes to make a stable, aerodynamic rocket and then take it outside and blast it off! This workshop is suitable for people of all ages, so why not join in and see how far your rocket flies.

 

 

BALDOCK, HERTFORDSHIRE

 OFCOM

 Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

Ofcom make sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

BIRMINGHAM

THINKTANK

 Thinktank, Birmingham's award-winning science museum, offers an enlightening and fun-packed day out for the family.

From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology.

Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building at Thinktank you will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you, showing you the science of the world all around us.

Including the Science Garden, Planetarium and an exciting programme of events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

BIRMINGHAM

 MAKE UK (EEF)

Interested in a career in engineering? Passionate about STEM? Then come along to the Make UK Technology Hub and be inspired about the world of manufacturing and engineering. View our state of the art training centre and speak to our tutors about becoming an apprentice. Whilst you are here you will be able to have a go at building an F1 car and race it down our track, learn all about the best approach to getting the fastest time down the track.

Take a look at our website for more information about what Make UK offers: https://www.makeuk.org/future-makers

 

 

BIRMINGHAM

 BBC BIRMINGHAM TOURS

On the tour, visitors will get the chance to visit the following areas and chat to staff about engineering and technology careers at the BBC:

 BBC Blue Room

BBC Broadcast Support Centre

Midlands Today News Studio and TV Production Gallery

 

BRIGHTON

 BRIGHTON TOY MUSEUM

Let's inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians!

We love science and engineering at Brighton Toy and Model Museum so we are excited to be part of Engineering Open House Day, organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

This time we are going to follow in the footsteps of Sir Christopher Cockerell by creating our own hovercraft by recycling household favourites!

Suitable for ages 7-11.

Event is included in our standard admissions: £14.00 Family (2 ads & up to 3 ch) £6.50 Adults, £4.00 Child. £5.50 Concessions.


 

 

BRISTOL

 SS GREAT BRITAIN

Drop-in session with a mini talk and an interactive exhibit to demonstrate how Engineering is used behind-the-scenes to care for the world’s first iron ship.

CARDIFF

 TECHNIQUEST

Engineers Assemble: IET Open House Day

Our exhibition floor will be filled with stalls run by local engineering companies, universities and STEM Ambassadors covering a wide range of engineering specialties. Find your role in the construction team and help the Institute of Civil Engineering build their enormous suspension bridge in workshops run throughout the day^. Our Science Theatre will come alive with our explosive show^ ‘Don’t Do This at Home’, explore the stars in our planetarium* and discover the basics of programming in a fun, hands-on Lego WeDo Workshop*.

^included in ticket price

*additional charges apply

CUMBRIA

SELLAFIELD

DONCASTER

AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE 

Amazon call their warehouses fulfilment centres because the entire process is fulfilled from start to finish – inventory comes in from manufacturers and is shipped out directly to customers.

The event is consist of different activities to do whilst on the Amazon Tour. The groups will be separated on the day and you'll have a designated tour leader.

DUNFERMLINE, SCOTLAND

AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE 

Amazon call their warehouses fulfilment centres because the entire process is fulfilled from start to finish – inventory comes in from manufacturers and is shipped out directly to customers.

The event is consist of different activities to do whilst on the Amazon Tour. The groups will be separated on the day and you'll have a designated tour leader.

DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE

AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE 

 Amazon call their warehouses fulfilment centres because the entire process is fulfilled from start to finish – inventory comes in from manufacturers and is shipped out directly to customers.

The event is consist of different activities to do whilst on the Amazon Tour. The groups will be separated on the day and you'll have a designated tour leader.

EAST AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND

DUMFRIES HOUSE

 The Engineering Education centre will be the base for a number of STEM industries and organisations to provide free interactive activities for a family audience with aim being to inspire and enthuse young people and their parents/carers to take part in challenges and fun activities which encourages them to investigate and discuss potential careers in these fields.

Supporting companies and organisations include :- Scottish Power, Collins Aerospace, the Engineering Development Trust and University of West of Scotland as well as a wealth of activities from across the Dumfries House estate including the link between STEM,  Health and Well-being, Farming and Horticulture. 

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

ROYAL OBSERVATORY 

Visit the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, see inside the Victorian telescope dome, view Edinburgh from the flat rooftop and take part in engineering themed activities. Learn about how engineers build parts for space telescopes and have a go at an experiment to test some materials for yourself.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

RENISHAW

Renishaw is delighted to be opening the doors of our Innovation Centre to students and their parents for this event. There will be a range of activities to cater for children aged from 7 upwards and we will also be offering information about our career’s opportunities available for young people.

You’ll get a chance to:

Talk to some of our graduates and apprentices at our careers stand, Have a tour around our product demonstration area, Try our energy bike, Make a magnetic top chaser, Find out about 3D printing parts for GROMITRONIC And much more!

 

HALIFAX, WEST YORKSHIRE

EUREKA

Sphero Speedway – race these app-enabled robotic balls around the speedway and through the obstacle course. 

Trash Bots – build a remote control robot using junk and put it to the test. 

Digital creative making sessions with Krash Labs – explore the world of glitch art and learn basic coding concepts within the Minecraft world.

JUBILEE, HOUNSLOW

 ROYAL MAIL

Royal mail opens the door to the future generation of engineers and scientists to visit Jubilee Mail Centre. You will have an insight into what an engineer's working day looks like and what an important part of our business engineers are. Royal Mail processes over 26 million items a day through automation. Engineers play vital role in making the operation successful for our customers. we will take you through the practical aspects of engineering and ensure your day is full of fun.

KENT

EDF DUNGENESS B POWER STATION

 EDF will deliver an Exploring Electricity tour of Dungeness B Power Station for Engineering Open House Day. Tours will give families an insight into the crucial engineering which provides our homes with electricity every day. You can read more about EDF here on their website https://www.edfenergy.com/about

Be aware under 18's must be accompanied by an adult and the minimum age is 8 years old. 

 

LONDON

 AECOM

 We are hosting for around 60 children, and have five interactive engineering-related activities for the children to participate in throughout our building in Aldgate Tower, which bring to life the work engineers do.  From building spaghetti bridges, to design challenges through Virtual Reality, the activities will demonstrate the many varied disciplines within engineering and how fun they can be!

 

 

LONDON

BRUNEL MUSEUM

Bridge building

The children examine the materials that are available to them for the workshop. They have straws, wooden blocks, string, newspaper and card. Tape can be used to join materials together and they have a pair of scissors.

As with the materials above, they decide which are strong when they are: Pulled, pushed, bent, twisted.

This time, they can actually test the materials, just as a engineer would do.

The challenge is to make a bridge that will span a gap of at least one metre between two low tables while leaving room for ships to pass underneath. The bridge roadway must be wide enough for a model truck to cross. The truck can be loaded with extra weights to test the strength of the bridge

LONDON

NATIONAL THEATRE

 At the National, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone. 

A special backstage tour will showcase the technology that goes into creating a piece of theatre and the technicians that are involved in the process.

 

LONDON

TOWER BRIDGE

 Help create a new skyline for London! You’ll be taking inspiration from the fantastic views from Tower Bridge’s high level walkways before learning how to use a 3D design computer programme to design new buildings to join London’s famous skyline. Later, these buildings will be printed on their 3D printer and posted to participating families as a souvenir of their day.

Note: Families will also have the opportunity to visit the rest of Tower Bridge’s exhibition after the workshop.

Suitable for children aged 10+

LONDON

 THE IET SAVOY PLACE

 This historic central London venue on the River Thames offers cutting edge technology, improved capacity and outside space in a location that’s easily accessible by rail, tube and river.

The IET London: Savoy Place, giving young people the chance to have a go at hands-on STEM activities

Exhibitors Confirmed:

IET Education demo activities and FIRST® LEGO® League demo tables, LEGO white bricks, F1 in Schools, Greenpower, Bloodhound, TfL, Airbus, Fun Kids Radio.

Toy engineering workshop by Mamta Singhal: Play makers – Discover how play is engineered! ​

 

MANCHESTER

AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE 

 Amazon call their warehouses fulfilment centres because the entire process is fulfilled from start to finish – inventory comes in from manufacturers and is shipped out directly to customers.

The event is consist of different activities to do whilst on the Amazon Tour. The groups will be separated on the day and you'll have a designated tour leader.

MANCHESTER

 SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM

 Put your questions to our Engineering STEM Ambassadors, take part in a K-Nex challenge and solve our design challenges. 

MILTON KEYNES

 THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF COMPUTING

 Here at National Museum we want to give young people and their families the chance to experience the world of engineering and technology first-hand and to get an insight into the reality of the exciting and diverse careers on offer in this field. We are delighted to showcase the important, creative and exciting roles that engineers play behind the scenes at some of the UK's most celebrated and innovative engineering and technology-related organisations.

NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE

 RS COMPONENTS 

 RS-Components will be Demonstrating different types of robotics, Raspberry Pi, Warehouse Tour, activities (Pop the Balloon - Sphero, Robot Maze - Mirobot)

PETERBOROUGH,

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE 

 Amazon call their warehouses fulfilment centres because the entire process is fulfilled from start to finish – inventory comes in from manufacturers and is shipped out directly to customers.

The event is consist of different activities to do whilst on the Amazon Tour. The groups will be separated on the day and you'll have a designated tour leader.

PETERBOROUGH, 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

 ROYAL MAIL

Royal mail opens the door to the future generation of engineers and scientists to visit Peterborough Centre. You will have an insight into what an engineer's working day looks like and what an important part of our business engineers are. Royal Mail processes over 26 million items a day through automation. Engineers play vital role in making the operation successful for our customers. we will take you through the practical aspects of engineering and ensure your day is full of fun.

SOUTH-END-ON SEA

SOUTHEND TECH

Drop in 

Learn about coding and digital making with the Raspberry Pi and Microbit. 
Beginners can learn how to create music, digital animations and games.
Train an artificial intelligence using machine learning.
Interface with sensors and electronics.
Bring your own projects to work on and show others.

STIRLING, SCOTLAND

 THE ENGINE SHED

Structural Engineering Activities 

The Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Part of Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public.

STRATFORD MARKET DEPOT (LONDON)

TFL

TfL’s Stratford Market Depot is opening its doors to the public. This is an opportunity for young people and their families to explore the site, including the ‘super’ sheds used for maintenance work, the engineering training academy and the control room. The tour will offer an insight into the signalling systems used on the London Underground. Activities will include Spot the Hazard track safety, Current TfL engineering apprentices will also showcase the diverse, innovative and exciting roles that they play in Keeping London Moving. 

*All attendees must wear suitable sturdy footwear, no open-toed no heels no sandals*

Max capacity per session: 25 people.

Min age for attendance: 8 years + (all children must be accompanied by adults)

TILBURY, ESSEX

AMAZON FULFILMENT CENTRE 

 Amazon call their warehouses fulfilment centres because the entire process is fulfilled from start to finish – inventory comes in from manufacturers and is shipped out directly to customers.

The event is consist of different activities to do whilst on the Amazon Tour. The groups will be separated on the day and you'll have a designated tour leader.

About Engineering Open House Day

Educational and fun

It aims to be an educational, fun day out to encourage parents to support their children in choosing careers in engineering and technology. Engineering Open House Day is all about highlighting the important roles that engineers play in everyday life, with participating venues and organisations demonstrating the creativity and excitement behind engineering careers.