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Could you be an engineer comedian?

Microphone by Chris Engelsma

Engineers are to be hurled from their comfort zones into street busking, online chats and even stand-up comedy gigs under a programme being led by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The body’s Ingenious initiative will launch 23 projects across the UK to boost engagement with the industry as well as develop engineers’ softer skills.

The Engineering Showoff project will train engineers to become performers ahead of evening events where they will be challenged to entertain audiences by expressing their work through comedy, storytelling and demonstrations.

Under the Buskineers programme, a team of engineering postgraduate students and researchers will deliver busking-style performances about their area of speciality on the streets of Bath.

Meanwhile a project titled ”I’m an Engineer” will allow students to challenge engineers over fast-paced and open online chats.

Ingenious panel chair Mark Miodownik said: “The range of these fascinating projects shows that engineering really is all around us, and will give hundreds of people the opportunity to get hands-on with engineering for themselves.

“Ingenious projects not only inspire the public, but give engineers the training and the opportunity to get out there and share their work. We’re delighted to support these projects that explore some the engineering at the heart of society.”

The full list of projects can be seen here.



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