Holiday Makers to encourage children to look at engineering
The Holiday Makers campaign aims to get children making, inventing and exploring engineering through a series of free family-friendly activities, events and challenges.
Tim Peake joined Dr Suzie Imber (winner of BBC 2 show ‘Astronauts: do you have what it takes?’) at the Farnborough Airshow to show schoolchildren the vital role engineers play in the UK’s growing space industry.
The campaign is part of the government’s Year of Engineering. This is working with partners across the UK to bring young people face to face with engineering experiences and role models. Thus transforming perceptions of the profession and tackling a major shortage of engineers in the UK.
Dr Suzie Imber said:
“It’s always a delight to open young people’s eyes to how exciting engineering and science can be and the government’s Year of Engineering campaign is a fantastic way that scientists like Tim and me can share some of the amazing research that is happening in labs across the country, and the vital role engineers play in this.”
There are lots of ways for families to get involved, from activities they can do at home or in the garden to workshops, exhibitions and challenges. Weekly challenges will be led by key partners including the RAF and the Science Museum.
Children are encouraged to download a journal, collect badges and share what they have been doing for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.
Activity ideas, an events map and Holiday Makers journal are all available at the Holiday Makers hub. There will be lots of chances to get involved on social media using #TheHolidayMakers.
Transport Minister Baroness Sugg said:
“Giving young people chances to create, solve problems and come face to face with engineering achievements and role models is at the heart of the campaign, so I’m delighted to see that in action today as we call on families across the UK to get involved in The Holiday Makers this summer.”
Name the Mars Rover
Tim Peake also joined the UK Space Agency as it launched a competition to name a rover which is being sent to Mars to search for signs of life.
The Year of Engineering is a government campaign that aims to give young people aged 7 to 16 a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering.
The industry faces a shortage of 20,000 graduates every year. Only 12% of UK engineers are women and fewer than 8% are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.