Happy 5th Birthday EngTog

It does not seem like 5 years since our inaugural meeting but then time does fly!

We have done lots together and many things would not have happened without us.

Since launching in 2020 our You Tube Channel now has several recorded series: In It Together – a series of talks to motivate and inspire everyone to shine, Mentioning the Unmentionable – a series of talks on difficult subjects to inform and support and INWED themed events. These and our in person events are thanks to our contributors and collaborators.

Our STEM work has helped us create and undertaken thousands of hours to see tens of thousands of students. Many events only exist due to EngTog including the online After the Pandemic Series, the local Lottie Book reading sessions and many more.

Our website has brought inspiration to many and we often get suggestions and great feedback. Some of which we have posted with permission like from Katie. This would not be possible without the support of the wonderful MAADigital; thank you.

The work of our wonderful volunteers and contributors has been noticed and recognised by others with numerous awards for work making engineering more accessible, diverse and sustainable.

Colorful birthday cake with sprinkles and ten candles on a blue background with copyspace

Greening the steel industry

As Chair I was delighted to host Chris McDonald’s talk on greening the steel industry in person at The Moline Cross in Norton.  As a Civil Engineer this certainly offered me a very different perspective on how we can transition towards Net Zero through local manufacturing.

Chris’s reputation as an expert in the steel industry was evident from his interesting talk which included technical details on how technology has and will evolve over time.   I found the interrelationships between jobs, infrastructure, training, productivity and the health and wellbeing of society fascinating.  Green steel manufacturing can bring multiple benefits, a just transition and lots of opportunities for young people with appropriate long term holistic thinking – and of course funding. 

The audience was made up of a variety of local people who were really engaged and asked lots of questions.  We also got to do some networking where the power of ‘in person’ helped us foster some ideas beyond steel.

Chris said ‘I thought it was an incredibly worthwhile event. Thank you for doing such good work in bringing engineers together and discussing climate action in Stockton’. 

As promised Chris has supplied his slides and contact details:


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-mcdonald-72926768/

Facebook: @ChrisMcDonaldforStocktonNorth

X: @chris4SN

As Chair I am delighted we really are sustainably engineering together in the Tees Valley 😊

Not sure who had more fun

The children at Handale were incredibly interested to find out all about engineering. After an assembly with some great questions the younger students really got involved with reading of the Lottie Books and were excited to be left with copies for their classrooms.

Tree planting on LeapDay

It was an absolute pleasure to plant trees with students from Fairfield Primary School alongside our climate champion Julie Harrison.

These 120 tree whips symbolised the end of the planting scheme in Stockton. The students also helped plant more mature fruit trees which will provide residents with free food in the future.

The Stockton Council representatives John, Nigel and Colin told the 9 students all about habitats (for animals, flora and fauna), educated them on the role of sap and helped them identify the different types of trees.

The students now have the skills and ability to plant whip of different sizes with of course the very special task at the end to compact the soils with the ‘penguin walk’.

A great way to spend my extra LeapDay!

Thank you Cleveland Scientific Institution

Cleveland Scientific Institution funded the printing of the Lottie books which have enabled our EngTog Ambassadors to see 870 students in 36 classrooms across every Tees Valley Borough. In addition this has also enabled 610 extra students to be seen in assemblies plus the books have been used at others events such as Eid Festival and Stockton’s first Youth COP.

As an added bonus these visits have helped facilitate some really great Primary Voice discussions and has today pushed the number of PV students to over 19,000 – quite an achievement!

This work will continue due to the kind donation for a second lot of printing of 700 more books; many thanks.

Read about some of the book reading visits and their impact at

My 2023 round up

It is always good to reflect and at the end of the year always seems a good excuse….

We started the year shouting about Civil Engineers working together – not only was this a great event showing the power of Engineering Together is also saw my personal milestone of reaching 10,000 students.

February of course brought National Apprenticeship Week where some of our members were out and about the region promoting this great route into engineering (and other) careers.

In March we marked International Women’s Day with a variety of events and we celebrated with not just one but two members being awarded prestigious titles. Our influential group have won many more awards throughout the year including Jo receiving the Isabel Hardwick Medal.

Our close working with WES Tyne and Tees strengthened with our Mentioning the Unmentionable event on NeuroDiversity and featuring at the WES annual conference. The collaboration with WES on the Lottie Books continues with some welcomed funding from the Cleveland Scientific Institution for book printing.

The summer brought outside events and we had some fun on the water and got out to a local market; this outreach is one of the reasons Julie was selected by the Stockton for the Mayors Green Award.

We have continued to be involved in organising the Transporter Bridge Award which consolidates our collaborations with the CIHT and Teesside University. Our collaborations continue with STEMettes, Climate Action North and many others.

We have made some new partners with Engineering & Manufacturing Network and had the pleasure of helping organise their first ever fringe event on diversity and our first fringe. We were instrumental in the early stages of the Stockton Climate Coalitions and we now chair both the business and community groups. We also attended the first ever Stockton Youth COP.

Our new friends include those at the Norton Men’s Shed, Materials Processing Institute and the wonderful 4WardFutures who’s virtual exhibition features us. Our reach is definitely now global and we share our unique ONE VOICE philosophy to help others together.

This year we launched a whole new series Sustainably Engineering Together which links in with our work and really adds value to our series. We have looked back every now and then to some of the great work done and COP28 gave us such an opportunity, but we have lots of things on our YouTube channel as well – check some of it out!

We have a new Eco Education page and continue to get interest in STEM, Primary Voices, TheLine and Lottie. We are always delighted to get ideas to improve the website far and wide.

As Chair I simple cannot believe how much great work we still do after more than 4 years.

Thank you everyone – bring on 2024!

Delighted EngTog part of the first Stockton Youth COP

Our very own Julie Harrison featured a s key part of Stockton-on-Tees’ very first “Youth COP” event.

Bright Minds Big Futures said ‘It was a wonderful day of informative and interactive workshops that helped inspire our Borough’s young people into looking after our planet. We covered some hard-hitting stuff, like the negative effects of climate change and diseases that pose harm to our crops. A huge thank you to Julie Harrison for their fantastic workshops and presentations!’

More relevant than ever

As I look towards COP28 I have reflected on the Together we have one voice series which gave the youth a voice.

Time has passed but these concerns from our young people remain.

Please watch, listen and think….

Going in circles – Frustrations about wasteful past generations.  Waste prevention through the circular economy.

City Design for tomorrow – How can cities be more inclusive to communities? What the future holds?

What future will you leave for me? – Concerns of young people. What changes are needed in your town?

Are we training for a greener future? – What skills are needed to enable action? Is my education fit for the future?