The Holiday Makers – a closer look at engineering for kids

This post is brought to you by government campaign the Year of Engineering

With an aunt who’s an engineer and other friends and family in STEM careers, my kids have no trouble imagining themselves in those fields. “Engineer” and “scientist” regularly feature alongside “ballet teacher” and “pop star”.

Unfortunately, according to government initiative the Year of Engineering, not enough young people – especially young girls – are considering careers in engineering.

To tackle this big shortage, they’re committed to “inspiring the next generation of innovators, inventors and problem solvers by showing them what engineers actually do.”

The Holidays Makers challenges are an important part of that. This is where your kids can get involved.

Every week the Holiday Makers issues a fun new challenge to get your kids (ages 7-16) thinking about engineering in fresh ways.

This week you can take part in the Ring Wing Glider challenge and be in with a chance to win a STEM workshop for your school or home education group.

Talitha’s really enjoyed making and testing out hers while on holiday in Trinidad. Get everything you need for the challenge here.

There’s even a downloadable journal to help you keep track of what you get up to this summer. I reckon it’s a fun addition to the holiday bucket list.

The Ring Wing Glider Challenge

The Holiday Makers challenged us to use their ring wing glider template to explore a design used by modern aircraft and NASA’s futuristic concepts for individual air travel.

They’ve even supplied questions to help you think about potential variations – what happens if you change different things.

To enter to win a STEM workshop for their school or home education group, children and young people can take a picture or video of their ring wing glider in action and ask an adult to share it on social media by August 10th, 2018 including the details below:

  • Twitter – Include #TheHolidayMakers, @YoEgovuk and @RoyalAirForce in the post
  • Instagram – Include #TheHolidayMakers, @yearofengineering and @royalairforceuk in the post
  • Facebook – Respond to the challenge post on the Year of Engineering page including #TheHolidayMakers, @yearofengineering and @RoyalAirForce

See the Holiday Makers website for full terms and conditions.