Introduction to Young Engineers
• Our charity’s purpose:
“to inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering, and
recognise the potential, importance and excitement of a career in
• We do this by providing a pyramid of offerings to
enable students to develop their engineering interests.
At its base we enable large numbers to experience
engineering challenges in real-world contexts and at its
top we celebrate and mentor young people embarking
on their Engineering career
• Each year over 20,000 students benefit directly from
Young Engineers activities in 600 schools and youth
organisations around the UK
Quick Charity Fact File:
- We are a not-for-profit company and
educational charity, which can trace its roots
back to 1984
- HRH The Duke of York is our Patron
- We receive no direct Government funding
- We have a strong collaboration ethos to avoid
replication and strengthen our impact
• There is a shortage of engineers both globally and in the UK.
• 1.86 million job openings will need engineering skills from 2010-2020.
• The UK's ability to compete is in jeopardy with contracts going to foreign
• A vast array of industries are affected including medicine, green technology,
sports as well as construction, electronics, automotive etc.
• Global stability and national security will rely more on engineers as they will
be needed to develop new technologies to address looming global energy,
food and water shortages.
• 19% of 12-16 year olds now know what engineers do (up from 11% in 2012).
• 38% of 12-16 year olds see a career in engineering as desirable (up 9%).
• We need to double the number of entrants to engineering across all levels
• We need to encourage students to take triple science GCSE and improve
uptake of physics A level to keep engineering career choices open.
• Our activities give school students the opportunity to try out being an
engineer and discover the fun and creativity involved.
• Our Membership system retains students and provides them with a range of
activities to progress through, allowing them to develop relevant skills.
*Facts taken from Engineering UK’s State of Engineering Report 2015
Our current portfolio
Our current portfolio includes 13 distinct activities. Its diversity
gives us a broad appeal, yet we ensure all these activities are:
• Based on real world scenarios
• Convey key STEM* learning opportunities and engineering careers
• Emphasise and encourage creativity, team working, communication and
project planning skills
• Show the next steps that build on the activity being undertaken
• As affordable as possible – most of our activities are free
Launch Pad (age 9-16) – a starter programme providing activity packs,
engagement ideas and membership items. This package incentivises students’
efforts and helps new groups to build membership and sustain interest
Making Knexions (age 9-14) - A popular loan kit scheme focusing on
sustainable engineering issues which encourages secondary schools to work
with their partner primary schools.
STEM Challenge Events (age 9-16) – Our team deliver these events in
schools. Often a taster event which hooks students and the school into more
activities by demonstrating the ease and fun of engaging in our activities. Our
STEM Challenge Team also write bespoke activities such as the 2015 Summer
School at Enginuity.
Project Eggs Factor – The Eggtastic Voyage (age 9-16) – a mission in
the Amazon rain forest is the latest challenge for the delicate eggy flight crew.
Videos of the challenge solutions allow schools to compete and be inspired by
each other without the need to take students off premises.
*Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths
Our portfolio cont.
Krazy Racers – The Koncept Kar (age 9-18) – an automotive challenge
using the same video entry structure as Project Eggs Factor. Students design
2 body shells for their chassis – aerodynamics vs ‘wacky racer’ style
Shell Energy Quest (age 12-14) – partnership development and
southern region delivery of a series of whole year group Energy related
practical STEM activities. Sponsored by Shell and in partnership with
Smallpeice, EDT, EES(Wales) and SCDI; coordinated by Tomorrows Engineers
Broadcom MASTERS International (age 14-15) – Each year we fully
subsidise and accompany one promising student to the Broadcom MASTERS
International convention held each year in the USA where they undertake a
series of STEM activities with counterparts from around the world.
Royal Navy UTC Challenge (age 14-18) – an annual maritime
humanitarian mission where students design and build a remote control craft
to complete the real-life scenario set up to scale in tanks at HMS Sultan. Last
year involved dodging icebergs in Operation Antarctica. Royal Navy
All Party Parliamentary Engineering Group (age 15-18) – we take
small delegations of students to take part in these eye-opening discussion
luncheons at the House of Lords.
The Renishaw Engineering Experience (age 16-18) – students
practice their CV writing and interview skills, with winners gaining a unique
opportunity to see behind the scenes of successful Engineering businesses
during a fully subsidised five day package of activities.
Young Engineers for Britain (age 15-19) - we challenge students to use
their imagination to create, design, develop and manufacture an original idea for
a commercially viable device or system that meets a useful need they have
identified in this prestigious 30 year old competition. Complete with a mentoring
programme using National Physical Laboratory mentors to support the most
promising entries and help them reach their full potential
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (age 15-19) – Young
Engineer for Britain is the sole UK route into this prestigious international
competition. Each year we fully subsidise and accompany two top Young
Engineer for Britain projects go to the US to compete internationally
All these activities give participants membership of our network:
Young Engineers Membership - Benefits include:
• access to online engineering games, quizzes and inspiring articles
• an ideas bank of activities groups can easily run themselves
• information service including Essential Skills videos, articles on best
practice, notifications about best UK STEM initiatives, links to highlight:
careers information, school and individual funding and sponsorship
opportunities, inspiring developments and role models etc.
• membership items which change annually to reward active participation
Far Reaching Impacts
Our real-world role play based activities have much to offer in creating well-
rounded, participating citizens for our wider community as well as some
fantastically gifted engineers. Teachers and mentors report back to us that our
activities enable young people to develop important personal thinking and
learning competencies and the ability to work in a team, as well as practical skills
and deeper STEM subject knowledge.
Our portfolio cont.
Huge thanks for last week, as previously I received numerous compliments about you and the
activities from Staff and students.
Alex Beech, Midhurst Rother College
Thank you for delivering the Rescue Robots challenge yesterday. The students really enjoyed it
and I've already had 3 students asking if they can take part in other STEM events and want to
start a YE club next year!
Wendy Lockhart, St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
Thank you very much for visiting Gloucester Academy. Judging from the feedback slips it was
clear they had a challenging but enjoyable experience. Every pupil I spoke to changed their
preconceived ideas of engineering and now see it in a more positive light. I believe they now
understand the importance of teamwork in solving engineering problems. All looking forward
to the next activity
Clayton Gardner, Gloucester Academy
We as teachers loved the project as did our students and it is something which will use again.
Many thanks for the opportunity in being involved in this project
Ann–Marie Bentley, All Saints Catholic College
The competitions at the Big Bang Fair are a major motivating factor for students, there is
considerable internal competition between the students to get involved, and the standard of
project work is higher as a result. I believe this is having a significant effect on the recruitment
of students onto my Systems and Technology A-level course, which this year has recruited 8
students when usually the numbers have been 3 to 4.
Paul Gray, Head of Design & Technology, Nottingham High School
Children who attend the Young Engineers Club are more motivated in class, are more likely to
choose triple science when they leave us to go to upper school, and have a greater
understanding of the direction in which they wish to proceed.
The opportunities to showcase work at the Young Engineers Final, offers pupils life skills that
they will never learn in a classroom and these experiences are invaluable.
Our four students (aged 13/ 14) spoke eloquently to the judges for over 40 minutes explaining
their projects. They had no adult support and managed superbly well.
Jo Cox Head of Science, Redmoor Academy, Hinckley
We want all UK students to experience a quality engineering role play activity.
Not all will go on to become engineers, but our population will be better
educated about the key role engineers play in society – a core requirement
identified to help address future engineering shortages.
An increase in our annual funding would allow us to:
1. Scale up our operation and reach more students
• We currently reach 20,000 students at 600 schools annually
• Our long-term goal is to reach every school aged student in the UK
• Just two full time and four part time staff manage, develop and support a
nation-wide army of volunteers who deliver our extensive activity
• The result is a cost per student intervention of below £20:
• Our services are oversubscribed; additional admin support and an
associate delivery partner scheme would immediately enable an increase
in our output
2. Develop new activities and challenges which will further broaden our
portfolio and appeal to new groups and improve accessibility
• We can further widen our portfolio and broaden our appeal
• We have identified new projects which await new funding for
development. For example:
– An engineering challenge with a drama/theatre setting to show students that
creativity is key to engineering and to encourage them to view STEM subjects
– A geocache based engineering treasure hunt to pique interest
– Expansion of our Essential Skills video series to enable greater online support
3. Campaign more effectively to gain more support from local companies and
other institutions to provide role models for our members
4. Mount PR and marketing campaigns to raise our profile
A range of companies and organisations
support us with donations ranging from
£2,000 to over £100,000. This support is vital
to our work and helps support company’s
corporate social responsibility programmes.
If you would like to make a large or regular
annual commitment, please contact
CEO Rod Edwards
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Personal Supporter packages:
Bronze - £2/month or £50 one-off donation
• be kept abreast of Young Engineers achievements
• a Young Engineers supporter badge
Silver - £10/month or £250 one-off donation
• your support acknowledged on our website
• all benefits from the Bronze level package
Gold - £40/month or £1000 one-off donation
• an invitation to our Annual Celebration of Engineering
• all benefits from the Silver level package
Platinum - £200/month or £5000 one-off donation
• an award in your name
• a invitation to the patron’s lunch
• all benefits from the Gold level package
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