Thousands take in engineering exhibition

More than 7,000 people have visited the Great North Engineering Experience since it opened two weeks ago.

Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 9:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 9:57 am
Children get to grips with the Lego at the Great North Engineering Experience.

The unique, interactive and free experience offers the chance to discover how engineers transform the world we live in.

The exhibition is organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers in the North East alongside several mechanical and electrical engineering institutions.

The event offers a range of hands-on activities including Lego and Meccano challenges, a giant Jenga tower, and touch screen televisions.

There are also a range of talks and family-friendly lectures, displays by Northern engineering companies and an opportunity to find out about careers in engineering.

The Great North Engineering Experience features 12 of the region’s ‘invisible superheroes’ - people who work behind the scenes in the North of England’s engineering industry to ensure we have transport, roads, energy, water, waste disposal and buildings to live, work and play in.

ICE North East director, Penny Marshall, said: “We are delighted with how the Great North Engineering Experience is going so far.

“The opening weeks have been incredibly successful, and we have received excellent feedback from visitors.

“A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes and it is fantastic to be able to inspire future engineers.”

As well as the free Engineering Experience, there are lots of other things to see and do in the Mining Institute, including ‘Seam’, ‘Technicians make it happen’, and the Multiverse Arcade.

Visitors can also enjoy a Lego Timeline of Northern Innovation constructed by local Lego artist, Steve Mayes of Brick This, which tells the story of Northern innovation in over 40 intricate models, using 50,000 plastic bricks.

The Great North Engineering Experience will run until September 9, at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineering on Westgate Road in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The exhibit is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm and is suitable for all ages.

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