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IET Vision Report

The pace of technological change has increased so quickly that one decade's must-have gadget can become obsolete the next. So, what will tomorrow’s world look like? We want to inspire and get kids excited about engineering a better future by showing them the limitless possibilities of invention and advancement.

To do this, we’ve joined forces with author and futurist Brian David Johnson to produce a future-gazing report looking at where engineering and technology will take us in the next 30 years, and how young people and parents can play a part in this.

Demonstrating the importance of keeping the industry of innovation alive, the report also reveals some of the incredible inventions, technologies and careers we can expect to see in the next 30 years.

The report is supported by new IET research which has shown that one in five (22%) children rarely play or make things independently and more than a quarter (28%) of children struggle to cope without an electronic device.

Virtually Reality - How children’s imagination today will shape tomorrow [PDF, 1,922KB]

#STEMintoSummer

To support children’s imaginations and innovation, the IET is encouraging young people and their parents to #STEMintoSummer with a package of activities for children to use over the summer months, inspiring free play that will also help to develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills.

Resources:

STEM Toys with Konnie Huq – eight bite-sized DIY videos show you how to make some fun and easy STEM-inspired toys. The improvised toys – which include a dissolving egg, magnetic slime, a kaleidoscope and even a smartphone projector – are educational, as well as fun.

How To Make Magnetic Slime

How To Make A Marble Run

How To Make A Smartphone Projector

How To Make a Lightsword

How To Make A Kaleidoscope

How To Make A Dissolving Egg

How To Make A Bouncy Ball

How To Make A Toy Balloon Boat

The IET Education team have created a new set of resources just for students!

These exciting STEM-related experiments and projects can all be carried out at home or at school with everyday objects. With five for primary and five for secondary, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

So if you’re aged 5 to 10 and would like to have a go at designing your own shadow puppet show complete with theatre, or fancy setting up a treasure hunt, or you’re 11 to 16 and like to think of yourself as a codebreaker or would love to design a hoverboard (to name but a few), then head over to the IET Education website where you can download these FREE resources today!