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British boy band to inspire next generation of engineers

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has teamed up with CBBC television show ‘Blue Peter’ to offer children the opportunity to engineer a music video.

On this weeks episode of the iconic show, a competition was launched to give children the chance to design and engineer aspects of their very own music video with British pop-rock band New Hope Club.

Children aged 6-15 can enter the ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ competition by submitting a storyboard for a short scene for the upcoming video, where the band will be seen decorating a Christmas tree, and describing the key camera, lighting and design elements involved.

The winning entry will not only attend the video shoot but mentoring and coaching will be provided from industry professionals to perform key engineering roles on-set.

Former IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Orla Murphy said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to see the variation that the engineering industry offers and to educate them about the impact and influence that engineers have on the world today.”

Research by the IET has shown children view engineers as individuals wearing hard hats (44 per cent), high-vis jackets (40 per cent), using protective eye wear and carrying a toolbox (37 per cent).

Children’s perspectives couldn’t be further from the actual image of a 21st-century engineer, working in sectors from aerospace and computing to music production and motorsports, according to the study.

It is hoped the competition will show young people how exciting the engineering industry can be, breaking stereotypes and misconceptions of engineering roles.

Murphy added: “As an engineer and musician, I combined my two passions into a rewarding career at Jaguar Land Rover. Engineers support many of the world’s biggest industries, from computing and construction to sports and entertainment.

“Music video sets are usually reserved for artists and industry professionals only, so it is an enormous privilege to be able to offer young people this unrivalled access to help design, engineer and direct New Hope Club to bring their fantastic new festive track to life.

“I hope it inspires young minds to consider studying science, technology, engineering and maths and the exciting possibilities engineering careers present.”

Details of the Light Camera Action competition are here

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