The Great Exhibition of the North Events Inspires Young Innovators

20th June 2018

From Stephenson’s Rocket to the robots of the future, electric kit cars to Lego landmarks, there are so many opportunities to get inspired by engineering this summer thanks to the Great Exhibition of the North.

The Reece Foundation is supporting the #GetNorth2018 schools’ programme and a number of other events which aim to inspire the next generation of engineers, designers, innovators and inventors to create a lasting legacy.

Anne Reece, chair, Reece Foundation, said: “These are just the type of activities that Reece Foundation wishes to support as we believe inspiring young people to be enthused and excited by Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is vital to the future prosperity of our region.”

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, based in Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, is undergoing a major transformation.

Reece Foundation is supporting plans by a new charity, The Common Room of the Great North, to breathe new life into the historic building and create a modern hub and event space.
This summer it is hosting The Great North Engineering Experience, a showcase of how engineers have transformed the world we live in and highlighting the modern engineering industry that exists in the North of England in 2018.

The exhibition features Reece Foundation founder, Dr Alan Reece, and the story of how he designed and built a pioneering subsea plough to install pipelines and telecoms cables below the seabed, which increased the reliability of international telephone calls.

It is also chance to see local LEGO artist Steve Mayes tell the story of Northern innovation in over 40 intricate models, using 50,000 plastic bricks and have a go at making your own creations.

Future Engineers are bringing Wallace & Gromit to Newcastle with practical workshops at the Live Theatre alongside an exhibition in the Stephenson Quarter.

Have a go at storyboarding and model-making Aardman’s famous characters out of clay and get some direct experience of the intricate engineering processes that go into their creations.

An exhibition of sets, displays, models and props from Wallace & Gromit will also take place at the Boiler Shop, where Robert Stephenson and his father, George, built the Rocket.