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TV star boosts new project to inspire future engineers

15 Ebrill 2008

Huw James (left) running one of the Engineering Explained interactive shows

Television presenter and engineering enthusiast Dr Adam Hart-Davis is visiting the University to launch an initiative to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Engineering Explained is a project from the multi-award-winning Cardiff University spin-out company ‘science made simple’, which is based in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Reaching some 20,000 people Engineering Explained will run interactive shows, workshops, events and festivals over the next two years for schools and other groups. It will show the wider public the diversity and excitement of engineering and its impact across the world.

Dr Hart-Davis – whose television series include What the Romans did for Us, What the Victorians did for Us, Science Shack, and Tomorrow’s World - will be the guest speaker at the official launch.

"It’s a real thrill to have Adam Hart-Davis here at the University," said Wendy Sadler, founder of ‘science made simple’. "He’s a great supporter of our work in bringing science and now engineering to new audiences, and I’m so glad he can join us for the event."

The shows include A Rough Guide to Engineering: a journey around the world to discover what engineers do and how they do it; Who wants to be a superhero?: a careers-driven show introducing real-life scientists and engineers and what they do; and Engineering for Life – From Cradle to Grave: how engineering improves our quality of life from the moment we’re born through to the end of our lives.

Cardiff University’s School of Engineering is recognised as one of the best Engineering schools in the UK in terms of its facilities, research and teaching.

A competition has been run for schools to find out their definition of Engineering. The winner (who will be announced at the launch) will get their slogan printed on the official Engineering Explained van that will soon be travelling the country. Engineering Explained will also develop ways to monitor attitudes to engineering and train engineers to communicate their work to others.

The initiative, which will be led by project coordinator Huw James, is supported by three large engineering institutions; The ERA Foundation, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET). It is also supported by the University’s Community Engagement Team.