LEGO has teamed with the Engineers of the Future roadshow, a government backed scheme to bring children face to face with engineering experiences and role models.
Led by the Year of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the initiative will give school children across the UK the chance to meet engineers and experience hands-on learning with LEGO Education.
The collaboration will build on the success of the first LEGO League to reach a diverse group of children with the aim to inspire and develop the UK’s engineers of the future.
For many children taking part, it will be their first chance to meet engineers face to face, giving them career role models from different backgrounds and helping transform perceptions of what it means to be an engineer.
Minister for the Year of Engineering, Nusrat Ghani, said: “Engineers are at the forefront of technology and infrastructure advance which are shaping all of our lives, from how we communicate and travel to tackling major challenges in healthcare and the environment.
“But the opportunities of this creative, innovative and hugely important profession are all too often misunderstood and overlooked by young people and their parents.
“That’s why I am thrilled to announce our collaboration with LEGO as part of the Year of Engineering. LEGO’s enduring popularity is testament to the curiosity, ingenuity and creativity that make so many children natural engineers, and Engineers of the Future is a chance to build on this – helping young people from all backgrounds discover how these skills could be their passport to a verified, well-paid and exciting career that makes a real difference to the world around them.”
Camilla Bottke, head of LEGO Education After School and Competition, added: “For more than 35 years it has been our mission to inspire and develop all children, equipping them with the right skills to empower them to succeed, whatever their background and whatever their ambition.
“Our experience shows us the importance of supporting the development of STEM skills in children from an early age. We are delighted to be part of the UK government’s Year of Engineering initiative to further our commitment to developing these important STEM skills in children across the country and leveraging technology to give children the opportunity to become aspiring engineers.”
LEGO is the latest company to support the Year of Engineering, joining the likes of Apple, Usborne and the BBC along with more than 1,400 other businesses, charities, schools and colleges.