Typing Thursday today. 12 live chats booked – the most for the event. And a host more questions sent through to the engineers. Some of the favourites from today: Do you have a creative side and if so how does it help your work? how much do you get paid? We’re always especially happy to engineers from other zones leave comments on questions where they’ve got something to add: Joanne Davies seems to get to blow things up at work. Usaid doesn’t. But the answer that made me laugh the most was on this question: what is your favourite chamical? N2O – what else?
Over 1000 students are now registered on the site and been busy asking over 800 questions. We ran 9 live chats today, and things seem to be going smoothly. Students have been getting to know the engineers and asking some great questions about their work: “roughly how many lives have you changed by building the pump?” Students have been asking about gender differences in engineering and if engineers work sustainably. Engineers have also been talking about some of the weirdest things that have ever happened in their jobs and why being an engineer can involve using lots of weapons!
The waiting is over, live chats have started and students are busy putting the engineers through their paces. As this is the first I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here!, it’s been difficult to predict exactly what students will ask engineers. Students have asked the engineers over 500 questions. Some interesting questions relate to the individual engineer’s work, such as “how did you make the maze solving robot?“, “do you design products to send into space?” and “how do you deal with political issues on weaponary in work?” Lots of students have been asking questions about the qualifications needed to be an engineer and how long they studied at university for, which are great for giving insight into engineering as a career. It’ll be interesting to see if the type of questions change as students learn more about engineering. We ran 5 live chats today, where students have been trying to … Continue reading
The first I’m an Engineer event is just around the corner, so it’s time to announce the engineers and schools taking part. The event will be running from 12th-23rd March, coinciding with National Science and Engineering week. The Energy and Transport Zones tie in particularly well with this year’s theme Our World in Motion. Schools Over 80 schools are taking part and we’re hoping they’ll enjoy the experience. One teacher who took part in I’m a Scientist June 2011 said: “You could have powered a small town off the energy the kids produced this during our session”. Engineers Competition for engineers was tough and choosing the final engineers to take part wasn’t easy. We had to turn down lots of engineers involved in cutting-edge projects. Energy Engineers Usaid Rauf EDF Energy I am an engineer customising the design of a simulator for the first nuclear power station to be built … Continue reading
At the end of November we announced the first 3 zones for I’m an Engineer. High Performance: for engineers pushing technology to the limit. Energy: for engineers involved in any aspect of energy. Producing more or using less. Health: for engineers helping us stay fit and alive. Medical, environmental, whatever sets your pulse racing. We’ve had a good few suggestions in from people and with over 90 engineers having now applied to take part we’ve now decided on two more zones: Water: for engineers who deal with water. Clean water, dirty water, deep water, old water. Transport: for engineers who move things. Bridge builders, car designers, rocket scientists. We also have some more good news. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have asked to sponsor a sixth zone. This is going to be: Measurement: for STFC engineers who work out how big, how far, how fast, how heavy how… … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago we asked for your help on designing this site and you’ll hopefully have noticed that the banner (top part) of this website has changed. It has gone from the temporary plain design to a collage of engineering themed images. There are two main components, a series of line drawings and a set of icons. We would really value your feedback on this. Some questions we’d like to answer are: Does the style, the “design drawings”, convey engineering in realistic way? Whilst we can’t possibly convey the entire breadth of engineering in one banner, how have we done? We could we add to dramatically improve the range of drawings and icons? Can you tell what everything is? Is something confusing? For students: does this design appeal to you? Does it make engineering look interesting? Please do leave a comment below to let us know what you think. … Continue reading
“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. What? 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 … Continue reading
I work out how to make super tall buildings and football stadiums stand up I’m working on producing a very small rocket engine for miniaturized spacecraft! I’m helping design the cockpit for a 1,000mph car What do these people have in common? They are all engineers who might take part in the High Performance Zone in I’m an Engineer in March next year. We’ve been listening to teachers and engineers to get a sense of what zones you’d like us to run. We’ve decided to run: High Performance Zone – 5 engineers working on projects that push engineering to the limits Energy Zone – 5 engineers who work out how to use and deliver energy more efficiently than ever Health Zone – 5 engineers keeping us alive and well Possible contenders for the Energy Zone include: I study how to reduce the amount of energy that industry uses to produce … Continue reading
Hi I’m Gareth. I’ve designed the ‘I’m a Scientist’ and the ‘I’m an Engineer’ (so far) websites. On ‘I’m an Engineer’ we’ve got the basic design and colour ways in place but what we’re missing is the icons and graphics that make the site seem much more relevant to engineering. I’m a designer not an engineer so I’m looking for some suggestions from the engineering community about what things sum up or represent engineering to you. With I’m a Scientist we choose a conical flask and Van der Graaf generator symbols amongst others. Each zone also has a logo and you can see the most recent ones on the I’m a Scientist home page. What are the equivalents for engineering? Please don’t send designs I’m just looking to pick your brains and gather your comments on what sums up engineering for you. If you can help please leave a comment … Continue reading
We can only run these events through co-operation with the Teaching and Engineering communities. That’s why we want to share our plan of action in the run up to the first set of events in March 2012. The plan is not comprehensive so please ask any questions in the comments section and we’ll try to answer them in future news posts. The action plan breaks down into five main sections: Planning, Recruitment, Event, Evaluation, Sustainability. Planning – October/November 1. Zone Selection The first thing we need to do is define the event. We will be running six zones in March. All will be themed. That means the engineers in those zones will need to have some connection to the theme. For example in the Transport Zone we could have engineers building oil pipelines, marine engineers in shipbuilding, or software engineers working on flight systems. It’s fairly general. A nuclear power … Continue reading