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March 29, 2009

Grass Roots helps the Learning Grid bring engineering to life for children

An event has been planned that’s designed to inspire children to think differently about science and engineering, and will open their eyes to the wealth of opportunities that the disciplines offer for careers.

Produced by Grass Roots, the show expects to welcome up to 2,000 school children at the Learning Grid’s Rockingham Festival this summer.

The event will be central to the Learning Grid’s three-day celebration of science and engineering taking place at Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby in Northamptionshire from 30 June to 2 July. The show will run three times daily for an audience of up to 650 secondary school children.
“Grass Roots proved it really understood our needs and objectives, and took the time to do independent research into the image of engineering today,” said Ian Major, sponsorship and communications director at the Learning Grid. “We loved its rationale of showing ‘why’ engineering has created so many things, not just ‘how’ all the elements work.”
Supported by government, industry, the wider engineering community and not-for-profit institutions, the Learning Grid identifies and supports the very best, high-quality, hands-on curriculum enrichment activities designed to enthuse young people in science and engineering.

The brief for the engineering show was to create a fast-paced and exciting event based around science and technology, in order to “dispel the myth that engineering is just to do with fixing cars and mechanics”.

The key objective is to give children an understanding of the role engineering plays in almost every facet of modern life and the varied possibilities a career in engineering can offer.
“By getting children to understand why the things they take for granted in daily life were created, and the many different aspects of engineering that make them work, we hope to inspire a new generation of engineers,” said Charles Moyle, managing director of Grass Roots Live. “We are thrilled to be working on such a worthwhile project.”
Details of the Rockingham Festival, which is free to all school parties of children in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, can be found at www.learninggrid.co.uk

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