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ICE inspires future engineers in the North

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A summer-long engineering experience in Newcastle is helping to create future engineers.

The Great North Engineering Experience has welcome more than 12,000 people at the Mining Institute since it opened a month ago.

Offering visitors the chance to discover how engineers transform the world we live in, the unique, interactive and free experience covers engineering feats across the North East including Blyth’s Offshore Windfarms, Morpeth flood alleviation scheme, and shipyards and coal mining across the region.

The exhibition is organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers in the North East alongside the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Electrical Engineers, and Engineering UK.

ICE North East director, Penny Marshall, said: “We are delighted with how the Great North Engineering Experience is going so far.

“The opening weeks have been incredibly successful, and we have received excellent feedback from visitors.

“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes and it is fantastic to be able to welcome so many youngsters to the experience. It is wonderful to be able to inspire future engineers.”

The event offers a free day out with a range of fun hands-on activities for children including Lego and Meccano challenges, a giant Jenga tower, Raspberry Pi games and touch screen televisions.

There are also a range of talks and family-friendly lectures, rotating displays by Northern engineering companies and an opportunity to find out about careers in engineering.

The Great North Engineering Experience also features 12 of the region’s ‘invisible superheroes’ - people who work behind the scenes in the North of England’s engineering industry to ensure we have transport, roads, energy, water, waste disposal and buildings to live, work and play in.

The superheroes include the Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018’s Kate Cairns, Amy Wright who worked on the new Northern Spire bridge in Sunderland, Sir Ove Arup, Alan Reece, Dame Dorothy Buchanan, and Tony Ridley.

Visitors can also enjoy a Lego Timeline of Northern Innovation constructed by local Lego artist, Steve Mayes of Brick This, which tells the story of Northern innovation in over 40 intricate models, using 50,000 plastic bricks.

The Great North Engineering Experience will run until September 9 at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineering on Westgate Road in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is suitable for all ages.

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