Engineering has been brought to life for more than 1,500 pupils as Scarborough’s third Engineering Week is deemed the ‘best yet’.
Local specialists in robotics, electronics, science and mechanics were out in force to demonstrate Scarborough’s success stories of the industry.
They were joined in the Spa’s Grand Hall by national and global companies, all giving an interactive insight into the world of engineering.
The three day event, which finished yesterday, was designed to inspire the next generation of engineers.
And with more than 1,500 school pupils passing through the doors, it has been declared the most successful Engineering Week yet.
Peter Wilkinson, who organised the event with fellow Unison director Alan Pickering said: “The first year we had around 400 pupils, the second year we had 840, this year we are looking at 1,500.
“We have doubled in size every year which is great as we need to make sure these successful businesses we have here have a supply of skilled engineers to ensure their future, and Scarborough’s engineering future.
“I think this event has really put engineering on the map not just for pupils but teachers too, it has brought it to life.
“We have proved collectively as a business community that we work together as a raft, rather than singularly. We all work for team Scarborough.”
Alan Pickering added: “The buzz from the kids has been phenomenal, we have been getting some brilliant feedback.
“This has truly been a community coming together and I thank everyone for joining us in Engineering Week 2012.”
School children, and members of the public, enjoyed many of the exhibits which included the Bloodhound SCC which will attempt to break the World Land Speed record next year, a Formula One car, a 3D printer, and a range of robotics.
Kasper Narjkr, 13, a pupil at St Augustine’s School said: “I think it has been great. I have learnt how engineering is involved in everything somehow, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in Scarborough.”
Fellow St Augustine’s Pupils Tiffany Harrison and Sasha Wharton, both 13, added: “We had not though about engineering before, we thought it was just cars and stuff. But its not and there lots to do for girls too.”
Simon Morrell, general manager at Firmac, based in Hopper Hill Road, which took part in Engineering Week, said: “There’s a lack of skills in and around Scarborough, and plenty of engineering companies. The only way we can get good engineers at the moment is to take them from other firms and that’s not a sustainable situation for the town.
“We have got involved in Engineering Week to try and get youngsters interested from an early age and solve the problem in Scarborough.
“Apprentices with us not only get qualifications and a job, they get to travel the world and learn life skills. Its a great opportunity, and we have had some of our apprentices on the stand at Engineering Week telling the school pupils first had what they do.”
The event featured a business dinner on Tuesday evening, which for the first time saw dinner served on the Grand Hall’s stage at the Spa.
During the evening former land speed world record holder Richard Noble, OBE, of the Bloodhound Project, presented pupils from Scarborough College and Graham School with prizes for the Engineering Week design competition.
Businesses taking part in Engineering Week were Unison, York Potash, Scarborough Council, Imagineering, GCMotors, Wilfred Scruton Ltd, Plaxton, Perry Slingsby Systems, Offshore Wind, North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP), Moog, Faro, Fanuc Robotics Europe, Derwent Training Association, Dale Erskine, Castle Group, Castle Employment, Bluebird Vehicles, Blue Ocean marketing, Angelic Bulldog, Yorkshire Coast College, The Scarborough News, Festo, HMK Automation, Firmac, North Sea Winches, Plaxton, Siemens, Emsley Crane Hire, Atlas Ward Structures, Grimsby Institute, Yorkshire Coast College, SIV, Rollits, Crown Paints, Endless, Prontaprint and the Crown Spa Hotel.