Stimulating Engineering Projects Gain DSIT Funding

01 June 2024

The Royal Academy of Engineering has confirmed the latest STEM-related projects to get Ingenious Award funding.

This program, which has been running for nearly 18 years, provides funds to engineering-based public engagement projects. The financial support comes from the UK government’s Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT), with grants of up to £30,000 being provided, as well as training, networking opportunities and technical advice. 

This time, 17 projects have been selected to get support. Among these are:
 - Future farming - Where engineers at Edinburgh Science will be focused on conducting interactive tasks with students.
 - Formula 1 Engineering Lab - Organised by the Lightyear Foundation, this is aimed at children with special educational needs and disabilities, giving them a taste of the challenges involved in modern autosport engineering.  
 - Emergency! Engineers Wanted! - Which will encourage primary school pupils across Cardiff and the South Wales valleys to explore potential engineering careers.
 - Electric Dreams 2024 - This will pay homage to a century of female involvement in engineering endeavour. 
 - Engineering Our Water Future - Which is an engaging multimedia venture being undertaken in conjunction with Children's Radio UK. It will look at how we can ensure availability of clean and sustainable water resources.

According Ingenious Panel Chair, Pete Lomas; “Look around you, can you find something that has not had engineering involvement? That’s a question I often pose to schoolchildren and their parents. Probably there will be very little that hasn’t. From the built environment to the production of the food we eat, even the clothes we wear have all been engineered.”

“The Ingenious program aims to support creative outreach, change perceptions of the profession and exemplify the diversity of opportunities that engineering has to offer as a career. It also provides engineers with the skills to effectively communicate their work and promote engineering to the wider population,” Lomas concludes.

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