Engineers of the future get to check out everything from 1D to 3D

Schoolchildren from right across the UK are being given the unique opportunity if stepping behind the scenes alongside top British brands, businesses and band to see just how important a role engineering plays in everyday life.
6 exclusive competitions launch today, one of the prizes being the chance to experience life behind a mixing desk with David Martell, the tour sound director for One Direction. Another great prize is to tour the fashion house that are responsible for Katy Perry’s amazing LED skirt.
The competitions were launched by David Martell along with David Willetts, the Universities and Science Minister to tie in with this years ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’ which runs from the 4th-8th November. (#TEWeek13). The aim of this week is to change the perception of engineering amongst young people, their teachers and their parents by demonstrating just how engineers are using their skills to shape our world.

The competitions, which are free for young people to enter viatomorrowsengineers.org.uk and Tomorrow’s Engineers on Facebook are:
• Discover the technology behind music with One Direction’s Sound Engineer
• Drive out at Silverstone, host to the F1 British Grand Prix, with a chance to talk to F1 Red Bull Racing apprentice Zoe Haycocks
• Tour Dr. Martens’ Northamptonshire factory and customise your own pair of boots
• Meet the engineering experts who designed Katy Perry’s LED skirt at fashion house CuteCircuit in London – and get a sneak preview of their new designs
• Go behind the scenes at Mondelēz International’s Cadbury factory and development lab and see how chocolate is brought to life from bean to bar
• Design, engineer and produce your own unique 3D jewellery masterpiece using 3D printing with designers and 3D printing spcialists, Modla 
• Full details of all competitions and terms and conditions are available on tomorrowsengineers.org.uk. The closing date for entries is the 17th November 2013.
Launching the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week competitions at the British Music Experience, David Martell, who currently works as a sound engineer with One Direction and has worked with many major artists and TV shows, said:
“People don’t realise that engineering is part of everyday life. From the music we all enjoy to the clothes we wear and the sport we watch, the country’s engineers are in some of the most exciting jobs in the world.

“Young engineers like me are passionate about getting more young people into engineering careers and I can’t wait to show the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week competition winners what life is like behind the scenes.”

Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, commented:
“There has been an increase in engineering Apprenticeships in recent years and more students are taking GCSE triple science. But we all still need to do more to attract young people, especially girls, into engineering and to show parents and teachers that engineering is an aspirational career choice. 

“Tomorrow’s Engineers Week proves engineering offers exciting, rewarding, creative and well-paid job opportunities in areas like fashion, music, sport, computer gaming, film special effects and mobile technology.”

Zoe Haycocks, an apprentice at Red Bull Racing said:
“If you’re passionate about motorsport, one way to really get to the heart of the sport is to become an engineer. While the drivers get a lot of the attention, it’s through the hard work of the hundreds of engineers that F1 is as exciting as it is.”

Francesca Rosella, Creative Director at CuteCircuit, said:
“For Katy Perry’s LED MiniSkirt we were inspired directly from her latest single “Roar”. During Katy’s closing performance of the iTunes Festival, all fans could see moving tigers, text, and colourful animations magically appear on her MiniSkirt. The MiniSkirt is part of the CuteCircuit Ready to Wear Collection and it is controlled with a special Q by CuteCircuit iPhone App. This special garment amplifies the unique atmosphere of the music and creates a stunning visual experience. Wearable Technology is the future of fashion combining fashion and technology together. Through this fun and emotionally engaging garment we hope to inspire young future engineers”.

According to EngineeringUK, 85% of engineering graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduating and graduate engineers had the joint third highest median salary in 2010 . Through Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, government and industry aim to address the fact that far too few school children, particularly girls, are choosing the GCSEs, A Levels, Apprenticeships, degrees or other vocational pathways that will lead to engineering careers. 

To enter the competitions, visit tomorrowsengineers.org.uk.