Bring it On, the largest celebration of engineering in the North East, will welcome international VIP guests - Dr Andrew Aldrin, President of the Aldrin Family Foundation and Jim Christensen, Executive Director of ShareSpace Education – on the second day of the two-day engineering event.
Taking place on the 9th and 10th October at the Beacon of Light, the event will bring together education and industry. This event is a collaboration of national and regional businesses who are helping to close the skills gap for engineering by allowing young people to experience real hands-on activities.
Dr. Andrew Aldrin is the son of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Buzz was an American engineer most famously known as one of the first two humans who set foot on the Moon. Dr. Aldrin first heard about the Bring it On event through the team at Egglescliffe School and Sixth Form College when they celebrated the landmark 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in July this year. Dr. Andrew Aldrin said:
“At the Aldrin Family Foundation, we are driven to create the next generation of space leaders, entrepreneurs and explorers … the visionaries who will eventually take humankind beyond the confines of the Earth and the Moon, but to farther destinations, including Mars.
“The race to the Moon 50 years ago provided endless inspiration for people worldwide. We hope that you can all make your own giant leaps using science, technology, engineering, arts and math principles, and join a whole new generation of space advocates.
“We know that teachers do wonderful things with their students every day. Our goal is to contribute to this process by providing teachers with high quality tools that they can use to inspire their students. We are looking forward to seeing Bring it On in action.”
The event is a winning combination of exciting interactive workshops and exhibits, careers information and a live show, welcoming over 80 businesses and 2,500 pupils from across the region through the doors of Sunderland’s most innovative sports and education facility.
Carol Harrison, project manager added:
“I am absolutely delighted that our event in the North East has gained international recognition reaching the east coast of America! We are thrilled to be welcoming Dr Andrew to our event, with a month to go its very exciting times.”