The 'Bloodhound' supersonic car proved to be a highlight of this year's Scarborough Engineering Week, the event aimed at encouraging youngsters to consider careers in engineering. Now in its third year, the organisers were delighted with the success of the event, which has grown substantially year on year - with some 1600 pupils attending this time.
"This year's event has been the best so far, it's really brought engineering to life for youngsters," says Peter Wilkinson from the lead organiser Unison - the Scarborough-based manufacturer of tube bending machines and MTA member. "The kids were able to interact with lots of exhibits - from subsea vehicle simulators, to robotic arms, and a Formula 1 car. The buzz was incredible, and we had some fantastic feedback - with East Yorkshire kids realizing that there are some amazing engineering companies right on their doorstep."
The event included a business dinner with a keynote speech from the former land speed world record holder Richard Noble OBE, who is behind the new Bloodhound jet- and rocket-powered car which is targeting speeds of 1000 mph to smash the current world land speed record.
Schoolchildren were treated to an amazing array of engineering products and technologies, from Atlas Ward Structures, Formic, Forum Energy Technologies, Bluebird, Fanuc, Fest, Paxton, Castle Group, Yorkshire Coast College, HMK, Moog, Joy Global, York Potash, Unison, Dale, Den ford, Bloodhound SSC, NYBEP, Daren’t Training, Scarborough Sixth Form College, and Wilfred Scrutiny.