Authors: Alan Joshy, Jack Hardy, Thomas To, Tabitha Reynolds and Owain Thomas -

Why is engineering for everyone?

The brief was to answer this question through a 2-minute video that would appeal to younger audiences and capture people’s attention. Engineering is a discipline which affects the whole world around us, influencing younger audiences to be part of the ever-growing industry is increasingly important.  The team immediately started the brainstorming process and reviewing ideas and watching attempts by previous students. We decided that for our video to really capture people’s imagination, we needed to think a little out the box.

The big idea

A couple of meetings later we had everything organised; props we would need, locations to film, a full storyboard including script, and a couple of actors. The actors weren’t hard to convince, they were socks after all. Within a couple hours, we exhausted ourselves filming the production, being a sock was harder than we thought. We spent the next few days recording voice-overs, sourcing music, and editing. It’s safe to say that we would do it all again, we had plenty of laughs during the process. It was also great to see such positive reactions to it, we were absolutely thrilled to win.

Top tips for next year’s entrants

Think outside of the box and don’t be afraid to try something a bit quirky, you might end up learning new. Also, communication with your team and good organisation are always helpful, especially since the project is during the first few weeks and there are lots going on. Most importantly of all, make sure to have lots of fun making it, it’ll show on the finished product.

Posted in: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Student projects, Undergraduate


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