24 October 2019
Earlier this month the Beacon of Light welcomed around 2000 children from schools across the region for Bring It on North East 2019.
The annual event is a collaboration of national and regional organisations. Bring It On aims to help reduce the skills gap within engineering by inspiring young people at the grassroots level.
Held over two separate days to accommodate both primary and secondary school pupils, the exhibition was comprised of six exciting zones with over 80 exhibitors, each showing the diverse range of opportunities available to budding engineers.
Children aged 9-14 were able to learn about a wide range of equipment and interact with stands and professionals involved in the subsea, oil, gas, automotive, digital, chemical and creative industries.
Across the event, exhibitors included Emerson, Lear Corporation, Northumbrian Water, Nissan, Sir Robert McAlpine, Venator, Siemens, Simpson Group, and Constain to name a few.
The event also welcomed international VIP guests – Dr Andrew Aldrin, President of the Aldrin Family Foundation and Jim Christensen, Executive Director of ShareSpace Education – on the second day of the two-day engineering event.
Jamie Ollivere, Managing Director at RTC North, was particularly pleased to see so many familiar faces returning to the event, he said:
“It’s always great to see previous industry exhibitors returning to ‘Bring it On’ because it reinforces how important the STEM agenda is to their future. I know from conversations I’ve had with those attending that these events do matter, and career choices are influenced.
“The event was a huge success and thanks to all the supporters, sponsors, staff and volunteers, it was clear that the children were having a fantastic time.”
Throughout the day, students were able to try their hand at various interactive games, technologies and even operate a digger and practice lifesaving CPR.
In advance of the exhibition, children aged 9-17 were invited to enter the Big Bang Competition, a showcase of any science, technology, engineering or maths project they have recently completed. On each day of the competition pupils had the opportunity to present their work for judging by a range of employers, universities and journalists.
The competition boasts £20,000 worth of prizes, including the chance to be crowned UK Young Engineer or GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year.
The event was incredibly well received with many teachers expressing their gratitude to the supporters and event staff online as well as noting the children’s excitement and enthusiasm for the activities on offer.
This year’s event was supported by Make it Sunderland, RTC North, IMechE, Community Foundation, Reece Foundation and Cleveland Scientific Institution.
For more information about upcoming STEM events in your area, click 'What's On' at the top of this page.