There has been lots of talk in the news this week about how we can inspire young people to pursue engineering as a career. Professor Brian Cox was announced as one of the judges for The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; a new venture designed to award individuals or teams of up to three with a £1 million prize for innovation in engineering that has been dubbed as the “Nobel” for engineers.
Its has been estimated by engineering-related UK Sector Skills Councils, that the engineering industry will need in excess of two million new recruits across all levels over next decade. There are approximately 5.6 million already employed by the sector today. EngineeringUK, a non for profit group estimates there to be upwards of 550,000 engineering companies in the country; these companies are now facing a shortfall in the workforce.
Inspired by today’s article in wired.com we have taken a look at some brilliant feats of engineering that combine both STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) subjects and other disciplines such as the arts too, in a bid to show how much scope there is out there for young generations of budding engineers…
Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar – We Feel Fine;
A beautiful piece of online engineering; the finished product you see is a self-generating compilation of how thousands of people across the web are feeling at any one time, in any one city and so on. It can span these specifics but also, age, gender, weather & date; these are then coordinated by colour shape and movement. It is all brought together by a mean feat of technology that uses no human involvement; code written to trawl information and gather statistics combining maths & technology to complete the piece.
An open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing has also evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work.
Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.
A great example by BBC learning of the role Mathematics plays in animation, describing “how animators work and [showing] the shapes which are combined to make 3D models”.
A list by Science.discovery.com of the top 10 engineering feats in the world.
We would love to hear what has inspired you when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths…