Year of Engineering 2018

BP is actively supporting the government’s Year of Engineering with new partnerships and teaching resources.

At BP we are actively supporting the government’s Year of Engineering 2018 campaign with activities at all our major UK sites and a new set of engineering-based teaching resources from the BP Educational Service.

Year of Engineering

Britain has a proud engineering heritage. We lead the world in sectors like aerospace and automotive. The profession continues to thrive today, delivering huge economic benefits to our country. However, there is a shortfall in qualified engineering graduates and skilled technicians. Moreover, there is a lack of diversity in the workforce.

Through the Year of Engineering, HM Government aims to change that. The Year of Engineering is a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, as well as their parents and teachers. The campaign will encourage young people from all backgrounds to take a closer look at engineering, challenging stereotypes and showcasing the variety and creativity of this forward-looking and innovative sector.

In 2018 BP will be joining forces with government and industry to give thousands of young people inspiring experiences of engineering, as part of a year-long campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

Visit the Year of Engineering website for more information.

Where's the Engineering in that?

As part of our support for the Year of Engineering, we’re delighted to launch our brand new Where’s the Engineering in that? teaching resources from the BP Educational Service.

Our latest videos for 11 to 14s explore curriculum science at the theme park:

Energy changes and transfers

How does a roller coaster move when the cars don't have an engine? This video explores the different types of energy which keep a roller coaster car moving.

Work done

How do roller coasters get to the top of the ride? This video explains how to calculate work done and why it is important in real life.


This video uses the pendulum ride to explain what a moment is and how theme park engineers use moments to make sure the ride is balanced.

Relative motion

What is relative motion and how can it be calculated? This video explains why an understanding of relative motion is important when designing dodgem cars. 

All of our Where's the Engineering in that? video resources come with supporting PowerPoints, which include questions and activities to test students' understanding.

This Is Engineering

As part of our support for the Year of Engineering, BP has joined the Royal Academy of Engineering’s ‘This Is Engineering’ campaign to inspire young people to choose engineering careers.

This is a multi-year campaign to rebrand engineering for young people from all backgrounds, and their influencers, to encourage them to take up engineering careers.

Delivered in partnership with industry and the profession, This Is Engineering will address barriers to participation in engineering at all entry points (apprentices, technicians and professional). It is underpinned by a programme to create workplaces that attract and retain young people and provide a positive employment experience.

We are delighted that the launch of This Is Engineering and the Year of Engineering coincides with our celebration of 50 years of our support for STEM education across the UK.

Academy of Science Engagement

This year BP has announced the renewal of our partnership with the Science Museum through the creation of a ground-breaking Academy of Science Engagement.

This major new initiative aims to tackle the UK’s STEM shortage by improving and co-ordinating informal science learning across the country. By regularly bringing together museum professionals, teachers and STEM educators at sites in London and Manchester, the Academy will improve the quality and increase the provision of informal science learning experiences for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Science Museum Group Academy of Science Engagement will open its doors at both the Science Museum in London and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester this September.

All BP Educational Service resources are free to access and have been tested with teachers. Register today or log in to find out more.

Discover the science behind your favourite theme park rides.

Brand new resources to celebrate the Year of Engineering are now available.