UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 18 APRIL 2017
Staff from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment are thrilled to have received funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering to run the first Birmingham City Engineering Festival in July.
The innovative new event will combine a schools programme run in collaboration with ThinkTank with performance shows at the Bull Ring aimed at the general public. All activities will be delivered, mainly, by our engineering graduates and students.
The schools festival will run from 10-14 July, and give secondary school pupils an opportunity to explore engineering and take part in interactive engineering shows and hands on workshops.
From 13-16 July, students and graduates will perform dramatic sketches at the Bull Ring which demonstrate the creative side of engineering. These shows have been developed by the Birmingham School of Acting to explore the inspiration behind the design of the iconic Selfridges building, and present a young girl’s quest to reach the moon by creating a rollercoaster.
The festival is being led by Dr Abed Alaswad, Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, and aims to reflect Birmingham’s proud engineering heritage, show people how engineering has an impact on their lives, and inspire a new generation of engineers. It will also promote the communication and team work skills of our engineering graduates and students.