#AskTheEngineers at our Twitter party with the IET and win a ?300 voucher!
Join our Twitter party on 4 November 1-2pm
How do bridges stay up? What keeps aeroplanes in the sky? How does TV get into our homes? How do robots work?
Kids are always asking tricky questions – and when you don't have an easy answer to hand, slipping in a little white lie can seem like the easiest way to get yourself off the hook.
In fact, a recent study commissioned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology found that two thirds of parents feel they don’t know enough to help their child if asked for advice on engineering.
With this in mind, the IET has assembled an inspirational team of engineers from different areas of the industry to help you answer those tricky questions. Engineering is actually a really broad subject, spanning everything from science, technology and computing, to design, architecture, sound and lighting, and space travel - so there's bound to be something they can help with.
Join us for our #AskTheEngineers Twitter party with the IET's panel of experts and find out the answers to the questions that have left your kids – and you – stumped.
All you need to do is post your question during the hour using the hashtag #AsktheEngineers. If your kids want to get the answers themselves, we'd love to see video of them asking their questions – or write them out and tweet us a pic. What's more, everyone who joins in will be in the running to win a £300 voucher for a shop of the winner's choice.
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About 'Ask the Engineers'
The IET's Ask the Engineers collaboration with Mumsnet is part of the IET's Engineer a Better World campaign, which is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians by encouraging young people and their parents to nurture their curiosity and think differently about careers in engineering. It is also the IET's contribution to the national Tomorrow's Engineers Week running 2 – 6 November. The variety of exciting, creative and stimulating careers in modern engineering is vast – the campaign showcases interesting female engineers who have fun, rewarding careers. Despite the wealth of exciting career routes available, demand for engineers far exceeds supply. Worryingly, only 9 percent of those engineers in the UK today are women and the IET wants to get more young people – including girls – interested in a career in the industry.