The group of 14 and 15-year-olds, who are studying engineering among their subjects, attended a talk by Dr Tim Minshall where he highlighted the importance of an engineer’s role in today’s world, as well as the implications of improving existing technology and furthering new technology enhancements. The students then took the challenge of building a load-bearing crane using paper and cardboard tubes.


Chelmer Valley is a Chelmsford-based academy school specialising in engineering and leadership. Its students pay a yearly visit to the IfM in order to experience a real-life engineering environment. This is part of the Department of Engineering’s School and Communities Outreach programme whose aim is to introduce children and young people to the fun and excitement of engineering in a university research environment.

To learn more about public engagement activities at the IfM visit this link.