UWE Bristol joins MoD and Leaders Award to inspire future engineers

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On 18th January, UWE Bristol and the Leaders Awards joined Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S – Ministry of Defence) in organising an event to inspire the next generation of engineers.

School children from across Bristol, who are taking part in the Primary Engineer Leaders Award competition, visited the MoD at Abbey Wood, seeing state-of-the-art body armour, surveillance helicopters and robots up close.

The Leaders Awards ask the question: “If you were an engineer, what would you do?® with children submitting designs for inventions to solve an engineering problem. Entries will be shortlisted, with one of the winning designs being turned into reality by UWE Bristol engineers.

UWE Bristol’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Martin Boddy, said:

“We are proud to be part of this excellent initiative, which is opening the eyes of school pupils to the numerous ways in which engineering makes a real difference to society and inspiring them to get creative and come up with the engineering designs of the future.
Our UWE engineering students will actually be constructing designs put together by the school pupils, helping them to see their ideas in practical terms. This gives the pupils a real insight into the process behind designing and manufacturing a product.”

Read more about the event on the Leaders Award site.

Cover image credit: Leaders Award

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