News story: LEGO® teams up with Year of Engineering campaign to inspire and develop the engineers of the future

first_imgLEGO® is the latest company to announce its support for the Year of Engineering, joining the likes of Apple, Usborne and the BBC along with more than 1,400 other businesses, charities, schools and colleges.The engineering profession needs 203,000 skilled people each year to 2024, and has an annual shortage of 20,000 graduates. The workforce also faces a major lack of diversity – only 12% of engineers are female and just 6% come from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. The campaign aims to help change this by giving young people in all corners of the UK the chance to take a closer look at engineering by experiencing it for themselves – from meeting engineering role models in their school to taking part in hands on activities and workshops or engineering open doors events with their families.This summer the Year of Engineering is inviting children to get curious and creative during the school holidays with The Holiday Makers campaign which encourages them to collect engineering experiences and take part in activities at home for the chance to win prizes and wow their classmates. Supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the collaboration will build on FIRST® LEGO® League – a global and UK-wide challenge that sees students take on engineering challenges to tackle global problems, from hydro-electricity to space exploration. Engineers of the Future aims to bring this competition to a wider group of young people, through both the schools roadshow and the Engineers of the Future challenge, a competition that encourages FIRST® LEGO® League teams to share their experience with other local schools and create inspiring films of their projects. The winning teams will get the chance to showcase their inventions and films at a special event in Parliament later this year, aimed at demonstrating the importance of modern engineering skills to MPs.Camilla Bottke, Head of LEGO® Education After School and Competition, said: Government Year of Engineering Envoy, Steven Metcalfe, said: Engineers are at the forefront of technology and infrastructure advances which are shaping all of our lives, from how we communicate and travel to tackling major challenges in healthcare and the environment. But the opportunities of this creative, innovative and hugely important profession are all too often misunderstood and overlooked by young people and their parents. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce our collaboration with LEGO® as part of the Year of Engineering. LEGO®’s enduring popularity is testament to the curiosity, ingenuity and creativity that make so many children natural engineers, and Engineers of the Future is a chance to build on this – helping young people from all backgrounds discover how these skills could be their passport to a varied, well-paid and exciting career that makes a real difference to the world around them. The building blocks to a lifelong passion for engineering could be a step closer for thousands of children across the UK, as LEGO® has announced its support for a national campaign to bring children face to face with engineering experiences and role models.The Engineers of the Future roadshow will be heading to primary schools across the UK this autumn as part of the government’s Year of Engineering campaign. Led by engineers equipped with LEGO® Education solutions, including LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 and LEGO® Education MINDSTORMS® EV3 , the roadshow aims to inspire children by giving them access to quality hands-on learning experiences and by helping them to discover the exciting opportunities that are possible for all young aspiring engineers.For many of the children taking part it will also be their first chance to meet engineers face to face, giving them career role models from different backgrounds and helping transform perceptions of what it means to be an engineer.Minister for the Year of Engineering, Nusrat Ghani, said: Year of Engineering enquiries Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Find out more about the Engineers of the Future Challenge and how schools can get involved.For details of Year of Engineering events and activities taking part across the country, including how kids can take part in the Holiday Makers challenge, head to The IET is the delivery partner for FIRST® LEGO® League in the UK and Ireland. We are extremely proud to be working with both LEGO® and the government to inspire the engineers of the future. The need for young people with STEM skills has never been greater and the Year of Engineering provides us with a brilliant platform to showcase the fantastic opportunities available to those who follow a career path into the profession. Working with students at the Engineers of the Future roadshows will be a great reminder of why the IET is working to engineer a better world. I’m delighted to be joining with local schools, LEGO® and the Institution of Engineering and Technology at Sage UK, for this fantastic launch event. The Engineers of the Future roadshow will give school children across the country a unique perspective on the exciting opportunities engineering presents when it hits the road in the autumn. If it’s greeted as enthusiastically when it travels the country as it has been in Newcastle then it should prove a tremendous success and an inspiring introduction to the world of engineering for children across the country. For more than 35 years it has been our mission to inspire and develop all children, equipping them with the right skills to empower them to succeed, whatever their background and whatever their ambition. Our experience shows us the importance of supporting the development of STEM skills in children from an early age. We are delighted to be part of the UK government’s Year of Engineering initiative to further our commitment to developing these important STEM skills in children across the country and leveraging technology to give children the opportunity to become aspiring engineers. LEGO® teams up with the Year of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology for the Engineers of the Future roadshow, giving schoolchildren from across the UK the opportunity to meet engineers and to experience hands-on learning with LEGO® Education solutions the collaboration will build on the success of the FIRST® LEGO® League to reach a diverse group of children with the aim to inspire and develop the UK’s engineers of the future the Year of Engineering is a government-led campaign to tackle a major skills gap and lack of diversity in the profession, by showing children from all backgrounds the variety, creativity and opportunity of engineering Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

Premier league confident of June restart

first_img(REUTERS) – THE Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about England’s top-flight soccer league restarting in June, its chief executive Richard Masters was quoted by the BBC yesterday.The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 amid the COVID-19 crisis and June 12 has been identified as a possible date to restart. Players returned to training in small groups this week.Among the top European leagues only the Bundesliga has resumed.“We’ve taken the first step,” Masters told BBC Sport.“It’s great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”Masters said that the Premier League remains flexible on the date of resumption, contingency plans were needed and “curtailment” was still an option.“We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,” he said.“It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes.“We have done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible,” he added.“We think it is safe to return. We have to respect players’ decisions not to return to training. I would be comfortable to return to training.”Liverpool are top of the table with a 25-point lead over Manchester City.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Wednesday that the return of contact training in elite sports could get government approval “later this week”.last_img read more

Korger: Wilson, pro-style offense will help Wisconsin attract top recruits

first_imgFor years, the NFL has benefited from a Wisconsin program that cranks out terrific offensive linemen. We have all heard the stat thrown around by every announcer and sports commentator: The Badgers have the third largest starting offensive line of any team in college football or the NFL. Yes, the Badgers’ giant front line surpasses the size of almost every professional football team.Besides their overall size, the talent of Wisconsin offensive linemen has led to many playing on Sundays. Former greats like Joe Thomas, Kraig Urbik and the trio of seniors from last year’s squad (Gabe Carimi, John Moffitt and Bill Nagy) were all week one starters for their respective professional squads.Tight ends are more of the same story. With the strong Wisconsin run game, the tight end is basically another giant on the field to help open up the giant holes that create a successful ground game. Remember when Bill Nagy started at tight end against Ohio State last year? No. 76 donned No. 89, as Nagy received the start at tight end and helped the Wisconsin ground game accumulate 184 yards against the vaunted Buckeye defense.While Wisconsin tight ends are run blockers, by no means have they been left out of the Badgers limited air attack. Wisconsin has produced multiple All-Americans at tight end, and former Badger tight ends Garrett Graham, Owen Daniels, Travis Beckum and Lance Kendricks all call the NFL home.But when it comes to the position behind center, the Badgers have failed to produce a starter in the NFL for quite some time. While former players like Brooks Bollinger and Jim Sorgi enjoyed long NFL careers as backups, it is hard to pick out a Badger quarterback who has been successful in the pros. Wisconsin has never been known to receive the highest touted recruits out of high school, but the Badgers never fail to produce great players.With the primary focus of the offensive attack being on the run game, Wisconsin holds a terrific allure for potential running back and offensive line recruits. However, the Badgers have lost some potential appeal for quarterback recruits in the past who fear they will not be able to shine with a run-heavy approach.But that is all changing. Wisconsin runs the pro-style offense, which is exactly what it sounds like. It is not a spread where the quarterback is throwing 50-60 times a game, putting up video game stat lines. Pro scouts tend to disregard these stats, as these system quarterbacks are just that, a product of a system. Although traditionally the Badgers have been held as a run-heavy team, this year, more than ever, Paul Chryst and the Badgers offense have been as diverse as it gets.Russell Wilson has picked up where Scott Tolzien left off and then some.Through 10 games, Wilson is 160-218 through the air, meaning the senior is completing 73.4 percent of his throws. Last season, Scott Tolzien went 194-266 through the air with a 72.9 completion percentage in 13 games. That is an average of about 20 throws a game, while Wilson is on track to attempt close to the same amount per game. The numbers look similar, but there is one key difference between Wilson and Tolzien: the average distance that these throws are being made.Wilson has already accumulated 2,416 yards through the air this season, while Tolzien accumulated 2,459 in all of 2010. Wilson averages 11.08 yards per attempt (on pace to shatter the NCAA record), compared to Tolzien’s 9.25. Wilson is also currently on pace to obliterate the record for pass efficiency in the NCAA with a current rating of 201.6 (record 186.0 set by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan). Wilson has already accumulated 30 total touchdowns, a quarterback record for Wisconsin.The Wisconsin offense has shined to its full potential under Wilson, averaging almost 500 yards a game, with almost perfect balance from the ground (250 per game) and the air (249 per game). There is nothing this offense cannot do. Which is why Russell Wilson and the Badgers offense this season will serve as alluring examples to recruits of what is possible on Bielema’s teams and Chryst’s system.Quarterbacks can shine just as brightly at Wisconsin as anywhere else in the nation. Wilson has made that apparent since his transfer this summer. With the national spotlight on Wisconsin more than it ever has been before, Wilson and the offense have blinded opponents. If you thought last year’s 41.5 points per game were disgustingly good, the Badgers average 46.5 points per game this year. How long has it been since Wisconsin has had a quarterback named an All-American? Try Earl “Jug” Girard in 1944. The only All-American quarterback in Badger history was only 17 years old when he won this honor. So, needless to say, there has been a large historic gap since the Badgers have been graced with someone truly great as a play-caller.Wilson is definitely deserving of the honor. The stats do not lie; Wilson is the best quarterback in college football. Andrew Luck may be the best pro prospect, but as far as efficiency goes, there is no better quarterback in the land than Wilson.Even before the Badgers landed their prized off-season catch in Wilson, Wisconsin signed one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in the recruiting class of 2012. Many consider Bart Houston’s commitment to Wisconsin a sign of the Badgers emergence into the national spotlight for recruiting. Houston, the sixth best quarterback in the class of 2012 according to, comes from Concord, Cal., and is a product of the vaunted De La Salle High School powerhouse football program. Houston cited the pro-style offense as one of the reasons he chose Wisconsin.“It’s a program that is team first and individual second,” Houston told “That’s how it is at De La Salle, and that’s what I saw at Wisconsin. That was their philosophy, the way they held themselves, the way they talked about the season. I looked at the academics and the pro-style offense, and I really liked that.”Houston said that before Wilson began to tear college football apart. Whatever the end result of this season may be, it is safe to say that landing Wilson and his success on the field will only benefit the team in the long run. In a playbook doctrine that has been traditionally run-heavy and restricted by the lack of an elite quarterback, the arrival and performance of Russell Wilson have not only opened up the playbook for Wisconsin this season, but his performance in the Badgers offense will help to propel Wisconsin’s image for years to come. No longer will elite quarterback recruits ignore Wisconsin.Wisconsin may not be on the road to the national championship, but the offensive fireworks this season have changed the common perception on the Badgers offense throughout the country. The Wisconsin offense is no longer boring football. Instead, the Badgers are becoming a balanced offensive juggernaut. With more chances than ever to show their full playbook and style on national television with Wilson’s excellent play, a possible berth in the Big Ten Championship game and a potential BCS bowl will only extend the influence of the new Wisconsin brand to the best recruits in the nation.Nick is a senior majoring in English and history. He likes to talk a lot about Wisconsin sports. If you have any questions about anything Wisconsin-sport related, he’s your guy. So send him an email at [email protected]last_img read more