Calling all Engineers – Inspire and be inspired

“This is by far the best science engagement activity I’ve been involved with, and I rank it as amongst the most rewarding and fulfilling activities of my professional career” – Tom Hartley, University of York

“It was a great experience and I got really addicted!… I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone” – Probash Chowdhury, GlaxoSmithKline

“I am now excited about my work again! I also FINALLY managed to explain my work to my Dad in a way that he understood” – Liv Hibbert, Oxford University

We are looking for Engineers who want to inspire the next generation and be inspired by them.


The quotes above tell you how scientists in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! view the event. Now we’re able to give Engineers the opportunity to take part in I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here! in March 2012. This free online engagement event is an X-factor style competition. Students talk to engineers online for 2 weeks and vote for their favourite engineer. The winning engineer gets £500 to spend on further STEM engagement work.


I’m an Engineer is taking place from 12th to 23rd March 2012. You need to apply to take part by Monday 16th January 2012

Who are we looking for?

Anyone. We want industry engineers, academic engineers, UK engineers, engineers working abroad, whoever. We want to be able to show students the breadth of opportunity within engineering.

We split the event into zones of 5 engineers in each. There is more about the zones we are running here. We’ve decided on 3 so far. Help us decide the final 2. We are trying to keep the zones broad. We’re being quite lateral with what constitutes health or energy. High performance simply means engineering at the limits.

What is involved?

  • Apply to take part – we ask students and teachers to help us decide who to include in the event. They base their judgement on a one sentence description of your work.  Make it clear and interesting.
  • If selected, you’ll get a briefing pack. The site will be made live for you on February 20th so you can answer a few profile questions before the students hit the site.
  • During the 2 weeks of the event there will be live chats (MSN text style) and questions from students. You’ll want to set aside at least 2 hours per day for the event. Perhaps an hour in the day for live chats and an hour or so in the evenings to answer questions. Some people spend longer, a few a little less. It is a commitment, but the reward justifies for almost all participants.

Next Steps

Posted on December 2, 2011 by ModShane in News. Leave a comment

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