Due to the decreasing cost in electronics and the increasing spread of knowledge via the Internet, building cool stuff hasn’t ever been easier. Given the right push, young people have the ability to grab the resources around them and start inventing a better world before they even leave secondary school. Now is the time for young people to get Making and it seems like I’m not the only one who knows this. UK AM manufacturer Renishaw knows it, too.
Teaming up with Young Engineers, an organization focused on getting young people excited about engineering, Renishaw, UK manufacturer of industrial metal 3D printers, will be sponsoring a five day trip for six UK students, aged 16-18, interested in engineering. The Renishaw Engineering Experience will take these science-minded teens around a number of engineering companies, service providers and heritage sites to demonstrate the real world applications of engineering. The company may be a good one to sponsor such a trip, having taken part in numerous noteworthy projects. For instance, in regards to 3D printing, the company helped produce the lightweight nose for the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car and, more recently, used their metal 3D printing to produce a titanium-framed bicycle.
The contest is actually part of a three-year program, with the first Renishaw Engineering Experience taking place last July. Cheif Executive of Young Engineers, Rod Edwards explained the impact that the program had on its initial installment, “Last year’s Renishaw Engineering Experience fulfilled all of our aims, as illustrated by one of the winners who wrote to tell me: ‘I cannot state how helpful it was as it helped me to make a decision about which engineering course to follow, as well as opening my eyes to the greater world of work.’” Renishaw’s Group Human Resources Manager, Peter Bowler, sees the program as addressing a detriment of engineers to fulfill positions across the country, saying, ”As a nation we simply have to attract high quality people into engineering, not just by persuading young people of the rewarding careers on offer, but importantly their teachers, families and other influencers. The Renishaw Engineering Experience promises to be an inspiring and potentially life changing experience for 6 lucky students.”
If you can convince the Young Engineers judges that you’re truly passionate about a career in engineering, demonstrated by what you’ve accomplished so far and driven by what you’d learn from the Experience, you’ll be treated to a trip, including travel and hotel, funded by Renishaw. You’ve got from now until March 31 to apply through this application form or by emailing [email protected].