The interactive MathsAlive! exhibit will help inspire future engineers
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The non-profit advocacy organisation Engineering UK estimates a current annual shortfall of between 37,000 and 59,000 engineering graduates and technicians to fill core engineering roles across the national economy.
Raytheon Technologies has long invested in STEM education to help fill the talent gap in the engineering field. As part of that effort, the company was delighted to bring its landmark mathematics and science exhibition, MathsAlive!, to the UK. The exhibition ran at RAF Museum London until the end of March 2020, closing a month earlier than expected and unable to travel to other locations due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
“We wanted children to learn that maths is fun and that there are many exciting careers in science and engineering,” said Raytheon UK’s Executive STEM Lead Alex Rose-Parfitt. “MathsAlive! has been a great success across the globe and this was the first time we had brought it to the UK.”
The exhibit seeks to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists through fun, immersive and interactive exhibits.
Visitors experienced six themed areas, each housing a range of mechanical and multimedia interactive challenges, where children can compete, design, build or play. The exhibit is geared towards schoolchildren, but people of all ages and maths ability levels can enjoy.
“Students were be able to engage in nearly 40 unique experiences that explore the practical applications of maths in the worlds of design, engineering, technology and science, said Rose-Parfitt. “This could include video games, sports, robotics, fashion or music, and hopefully inspire students to pursue STEM careers.”
MathsAlive! builds on Raytheon UK’s broader commitment to spark student interest in STEM, which includes the Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge, now in its sixth year.
“We have a rich STEM education pipeline, from schools outreach to the Raytheon Technologies Global Cyber Academy, because we want to help nurture the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said Raytheon UK’s STEM Lead Sophie Wilson.
Entry to the exhibition has now closed.