This is Engineering

BP supports This is Engineering, a multi-year campaign to encourage more young people from all backgrounds to consider engineering careers

At BP we are actively supporting This is Engineering, which is a multi-year campaign led by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with EngineeringUK and twelve major engineering organisations to encourage more young people to consider engineering careers.

This Is 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 of young people applying for engineering courses and engineering jobs.

Through the This is Engineering campaign, we are changing young people’s perceptions, so they can understand what engineering is and that it’s a career path open to them. 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.

To support this campaign BP have already signed the pledge to make more representative images of engineers and engineering more visible to the public.

Everyone can join in this campaign; 6 November 2019, in the middle of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, has been declared as This is Engineering Day – and BP will be celebrating more diverse images of engineers through social content and materials online and offline.

To watch a series of short videos, each profiling a young engineer, visit This is Engineering website.

Where's the Engineering in that?

As part of our support we wanted to highlight our amazing Where’s the Engineering in that? teaching resources from the BP Educational Service.

Our videos have been designed for students aged 11-14 to explore curriculum science at the theme park:

Energy changes and transfers

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

Work done

How do rollercoasters get to the top of the ride? This video explains how to calculate this action and why it is important in real life.

Moments

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.

Academy of Science Engagement

Here at BP we are proud to continue our partnership with the Science Museum through the ground-breaking Academy of Science Engagement.

This major initiative, now in its second year, aims to tackle the UK’s STEM shortage by improving and coordinating 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 is at both the Science Museum in London and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

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

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