Engineers Inspiring Children Inspiring Engineers

Together we can meet the challenge, together we will design the solutions and with engineers we will be able to build them

By United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

INWES Primary Engineer and Scottish Engineering

Young minds hold big brave ideas we need to nurture to ensure we live in harmony both with our planet and in equity with each other.

The Challenge

Douglas and the Flat Pack Wind Turbine (2019-07-28) by Russell GuthrieUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Our challenge is to open the conversation with as wide an audience as possible, enabling young people to inspire engineers and society in general with their creative solutions and use of data.

Douglas and the Flat Pack Wind Turbine (2019-07-28) by Russell GuthrieUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Douglas MaCartney and Glasgow Caledonian University

The Flat Pack Wind Turbine invented by Douglas  MaCartney, a secondary 15 year old school pupil, answering the question – ‘If you were an engineer what would you do?’.
The turbine was built by engineers from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Douglas decribing the flat pack wind turbine (2021-07-01) by Primary EngineerUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

This is how Douglas described the inspiration behind his idea.

Maisie and the Water-Sucking Bike (2019-07-28) by Russell GuthrieUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Maisie Crook and Kingston University

Maisie Crook, 7 years old,  saw the issues of drought and proposed a solution that the engineers at Kingstone University saw as a viable idea to build while inspiring others in the process.

The competition is open to all UK pupils between the ages of 3 and 19.

STATWARS Climate Change Challenge, Primary Engineer, 2021-10-04, From the collection of: United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26
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Data will lead the way and it is vital that young people are enabled by the wealth of data at our fingertips. STATWARS Climate Change Challenge asks young people to use data to identify three things they can personally change in their daily lives.

STATWARRIORS from St Agnes Primary School (2021-10-04) by Primary EngineerUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

After gathering and looking at data to combat Climate Change, St Agnes Primary School STATWARRIORS share the things they will change to achieve this goal.

STATWARRIORS from Temple Ewell Primary School (2021-10-04) by Temple Ewell SchoolUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Temple Ewell Primary School shares their findings. By using data, young people are armed with the knowledge of what the impact their daily lives are having and are empowered by knowing they can address it.

The Solution

Young Engineer of the Year Award, Guy Hinks, 2021-09-02, From the collection of: United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26
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Learning and competition we do at all ages, it drives us to identify the things that will change our sphere of influence, impacting on our energy usage, recycling, and waste. The result will enable changes that industry and society need to meet the interface with the consumer.

My Story: Lorna Bennet ORE Catapult (2018-12-10) by IETUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Climate change affects us all. All over the world determined people are working hard to find solutions to environmental and energy challenges, locally and globally.

Inclusion, diversity, inspiring the next generation and engaging people from all backgrounds is crucial to success.

Going Forward

Scientists investigate that what already is; Engineers create that what has never been.

Albert Einstein

INWES Primary Engineer and Scottish Engineering, Primary Engineer, 2021-10-04, From the collection of: United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26
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This brings into sharp focus the role engineering plays and will play in the fight against climate change. Together we can inspire engineers, children, and society.

Don't be a Dinosaur Logo (2021-10-04) by Primary EngineerUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Don’t be stuck in the past now is the time!

 Join us to leave your mark at COP26 and sharing the things you will change, see the things that young people have inspired.

Or join us on Twitter and use the hashtag #DontBeADinosaur @primaryengineer @inwes_Global and @ScotEngineering

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