Alistair Burt encourages families to get involved in the Year of Engineering this summer

2018 is the Year of Engineering and, as the summer holidays begin, the campaign is launching The Holiday Makers – a summer-long programme of events, activities and challenges where children and their parents can become more curious about the world around them.

The Year of Engineering is a government campaign celebrating the world of engineering. It aims to inspire the next generation of inventors, problem-solvers and innovators and show them that an engineering career is exciting and rewarding.

Alistair said:

“The Holiday Makers programme has arranged a number of events around the UK to give young people the chance to get involved in making, inventing and discovering the world of engineering.  We need more engineers in the UK and I am delighted that this initiative is finding innovative ways to engage and encourage youngsters to consider a career in engineering. 

In addition to the various events, there are free fun activities and challenges that children can do at home.

I would also like to encourage local organisations to open their doors and showcase the engineering going on within during the Institution of Engineering and Technology Open House day on 3 August”.

Hundreds of museums, galleries, schools, brands and businesses are supporting the Year of Engineering, with challenges being set by partners like the Science Museum and RAF.  More information can be found here: