March 2016 Zones

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 7th to Friday 18th March 2016.

With 5 different zones, we’re looking for 25 engineers and have space for more than 1,700 students.

Here is a list of the zones we will be running, or if you want to skip straight to the application, teachers register here:, engineers apply here:

Food Zone

A Biomedical Engineering Zone, the Food Zone follows the theme of the Wellcome Trust’s major initiative for 2016, The Crunch. How is food produced, stored, and delivered to our tables? Who is making the future of food more sustainable? This zone will include engineers keeping us fed and those working on a recipe for a healthier future.

The Food Zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Fuel Zone

There’s no such thing as free energy, just ask the first law of thermodynamics. The fuels we get our energy from and how we can improve their efficiency are the focus of this zone. Engineers in Fuel Zone could be working on extracting fossil fuels, keeping nuclear fuel rods cool, developing new engines for all sorts of machines that make better use of their fuel, or discovering completely new types of fuel that we haven’t even heard of yet!

The Fuel Zone is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Robotics Zone

Mars Rover | Image: NASA/JPL/Cornell University, Maas Digital LLC

A Mars Rover, smugly proving that robots can already do more than humans | Image: NASA/JPL/Cornell University, Maas Digital LLC

“It’s 2016, where’s my robot butler?!” Not far off, is the likely answer (they just can’t quite get the right tea to milk ratio yet). But in what other ways can robotics change our lives? Can robots care for the elderly? Is it possible for them to save lives in disaster zones? Will autonomous cars make driving tests pointless? And, at this point, do they technically own Mars? This zone will feature engineers from this rapidly expanding field ready to answer your questions, although they’re not allowed to let a robot stand in for them. Yet.

The Robotics Zone is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Surgery Zone

“Doctor, Doctor! I think there’s huge amounts of engineering in my modern medical treatment!” “Well, lucky you. Now get back under anesthetic.”  The surgeons wield the tools, but who builds them? This zone will feature engineers working to improve surgical treatments; designing new medical equipment; making sure hospitals are well maintained, and keep running smoothly…

The Surgery Zone is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

A General Engineering Zone – The Metre Zone

Engineers are more than Structural Engineers or Mechanical, more than Electrical Engineers or Civil; engineers aren’t defined by just one field. We’re looking for five engineers from different areas of engineering to help show students the breadth engineering, and that it isn’t all spanners and hard hats.

The Metre Zone is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Apply now to take part!


Teachers apply here:
Apply before Monday 1st February
We’ll send an email out soon after you sign up asking which zones and how many classes you would like to bring online.


Engineers apply here:
Take a look at this page for our advice on your application!


This March we’ll also be running I’m a Scientist. Click here for more information.

Posted on January 7, 2016 by Moderator - Josh in News. Comments Off on March 2016 Zones