I feel very privileged to get involved with many different groups who all want to work together to help solve our biggest challenge; climate change. These resources are useful for all engineers everywhere…..
The Institution of Civil Engineers 2021 State of the Nation report gives Six ways for civil engineers to act on climate change. The full document is available to download.
We are delighted to host ‘How citizens, cities and countries access affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.; from the WES Climate Emergency SDG7 Energy Sub-group in association with the IET and its Hud-IET group.
This is one of the WES group’s activities in preparation for the upcoming COP26 which showcases the Group’s expertise in Energy with a series of lighting talks introducing the impacts of climate change from the energy sector.
Case studies were discussed highlighting how citizens, cities and countries are responding to the climate emergency with regards to mitigation and resilience as well as providing insights into everyday actions we all can take in our lives and in our homes to be part of the solution.
As Chair, I was delighted to have been invited to see the Green Power electric car build by the two teams at Harrow Gate Primary Academy.
Green Power helps young people around the world to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car. By building this it helps unlock potential and spark enthusiasm for STEM through the excitement of motorsport.
Harrow Gate Primary have two teams this year who are sponsored by the Cleveland Scientific Institution (CSI). The CSI also sponsor teams at Easterside Primary Academy and Wynyard Church of England Primary School.
Harrow Gate Primary have been keeping people informed of their progress via their blog. At the time Paula visited spoke to the teams the cars were almost built; just come last electrical wiring checks to complete.
The all-boys team include Alex, Filep, Sonny, Theo, Zak and Owen and their car is called ‘Lightening Bolt’. The final decoration was to, of course, include some lightning bolts.
The all-girls team include Lilly, Olivia, Georgia, Lainey, Bethany, Tia, Kelci and Amber would have named their car ‘Speed and Beauty’. The girls were planning to decorate their car with smiley faces.
The girls teams loved building the car and said they enjoyed working in a team. These are not the first ever all girls team, Longfield Academy all Girls’ team previously raced in an F24 senior level car. However, this team are believed to be the first ever Goblin all Girls’ team.
The Harrow Gate Primary teams raced their cars at Croft on 22nd June. Not only did the teams build the car but they all get the chance to drive it and one team member then races it.
Dr Tosh Warwick always knows he is home when he sees the Doman Long Tower in South Bank. Others may well feel the same way about the other massive engineering structures dominating the Teesside skyline such as Hartlepool Power Station, Portrack ICI tower or the Transporter Bridge. Tosh knows that almost every Teesside family has a link to industry with many, like his own, the links are defined by the iron and steel industry.
Since Tosh was an 11 year old boy he was fascinated about history. He is keen to ensure our rich Teesside engineering history is captured. He wants the 11 year olds of today to have an opportunity to learn about how the area was formed and what shaped it for many years to come.
Tosh is passionate about the things we have to be proud of in the Tees Valley including Cleveland Bridge who continue to build world famous bridges and The Port of Middlesbrough (formerly AV Dawson) who are seeing ships being built in their quayside fabrication halls.
The William Lane Foundry (www.williamlanefoundry.uk) is not only the oldest foundry in Middlesbrough but still makes items such as parts for Beamish, blue plaques, replacement bits for railways and war memorials. This really is an example of how heritage can and does play a role in the present and by featuring on national TV shows off the capabilities of the Tees Valley.
The Teesworks site is being redeveloped and is attracting investment and jobs to our area. Tosh has recently been appointed as a member of Teesworks Steel Heritage Task Force which he considers this to be a massive honour. The Task Force was set up to capture and celebrate the history of the former steel works. As well as reviewing suggestions from people the task force shall be looking at lessons from the UK and abroad. Tosh is over the moon to be recognised as someone who can do something positive help shape the past on Teesside.
The Task Force wants your help to capture and celebrate the history, memories and stories of steel in a way that truly reflects its impact. They would love to hear from all those who remember it best or have any ideas of how best to make our history accessible for future generations. For more details, and to make suggestions, see www.teesworks.co.uk/heritage.
Tosh along with others on the Task Force shall be aiming high. This independent group shall weigh up the pros and cons to get the correct balance in order to leave the best legacy possible for the Tees Valley. If restrictions allow there shall be some face to face community liaison; keep an eye out on the www.teesworks.co.uk website, press and social media for updates.
Also, of interest is his new book Bridging The World which he also wants the public to contribute to. This Engineering Together approach will help gather previously unheard of personal stories. For more details see www.thetees.online/bridging-the-world/.
Tosh is hoping his work document our rich history will lead onto a wider ‘Steel River’ heritage project. This next stage of our area’s story will help define how the River Tees has connected us all for hundreds of years through our engineering and iron and steelworks industry.
Tosh truly believes that linking our past and the present gives people a sense of place and creates pride. But maybe more importantly it showcases Teesside’s unique engineering skills, strength and resilience. This can work as a mechanism to inspire passion what we can do in the future.
So please consider what you can do to help Tosh by contributing ideas and stories. Let’s protect Teesside’s rich history by Engineering Together.
I was delighted when asked to be one of the first to write an article for the newly launched The Tees Online (www.thetees.online).
This website champions everything Tees related and shout about everything we are proud of.
By working with this group I am hoping to bring engineering to the people so we can all work together for our community. See my first article entitled ‘Inspiring The Next Generation of Engineers…’ at www.thetees.online/next_gen_engineers