Britain has declared 2018 to be the ‘Year of Engineering’ - a combined Government and industry led multi-agency campaign.
It will aim to inspire the next generation of engineers and encourage more school pupils and students into exciting and challenging engineering professions by raising awareness and understanding among young people of what engineers do.
The Army showcased its engineering and technical expertise, capabilities and opportunities when it launched its contribution to the Year of Engineering at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Minley, Surrey.
One hundred 14-17 year-olds from schools and colleges across the region attended the Army’s launch event where the four technical and engineering corps: The Royal Engineers, The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, The Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Logistic Corps provided hands-on interactive tasks to enthuse and challenge the youngsters.
Groups experienced the Army’s bridging capabilities, got stuck into designing and constructing a military mobile bridge across a chasm. They also got to grips with heavy vehicle maintenance and built a radio communications network.
Top of the bill, youngsters were able to get up close and personal to the cutting-edge EOD (bomb disposal) robot - akin to something off of the latest sci-fi film set – and the mighty CRARRV armoured recovery vehicle, the 62-tonne behemoth that is the pride and joy of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.