Young people from across the UK are coming together to imagine a better future as part of the 10th annual Tomorrow's Engineers Week (7 to 11 November 2022).
More than 50 students shared their ideas about how engineering will shape the next decade including use of rewilding to increase biodiversity, improved CGI to create more engaging content and mechanical bees to increase pollination levels.
The Future Minds Broadcast will be viewed by thousands of students around the UK through online and in-class discussions, and students will go on to propose more ideas and vote on their favourites.
The top ideas from young people about how engineering will help shape entertainment, the environment, technology and sport in the next 10 years are:
- rewilding projects to increase biodiversity
- biofuels for power
- enhance CGI to create more engaging content
- render films and TV in 360° view for a more immersive experience
- develop mechanical bees, to increase pollination levels
- improve space travel, to allow us to share resources with other planets in the future
- develop prosthetics to make sport more accessible for people with physical impairments
- improve data from fitness apps, so that users can enhance their performance
Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of thousands of young people have been involved in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. The Week highlights to young people that engineering is a creative, problem solving, exciting career that improves the world around us in a huge variety of ways.
Thornhill College in Derry, Northern Ireland, was among the schools which took part in the Future Minds Broadcast. Elaine Rooney, a teacher at Thornhill College, commented:
“We are delighted that our students have been able to take part in this fantastic event which highlights the exciting opportunities that are available and helps our pupils appreciate that they can really shape the future.”
Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, which organises Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, commented:
“Young people are such an inspiration and hearing their thoughts on how engineering can shape the world around us in the next decade has been enlightening. It’s ideas and conversations like those in the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Future Minds Broadcast that spark inspiration and can result in real differences to everyone’s futures.
“Engineering improves the world around us in so many vital ways, and we’re thrilled to give young people this opportunity to use their voices and ideas to help shape the future. I hope that students across the UK this week will see that engineering could offer them a rewarding career in a field of their choice.”