In 2016 Arcola Energy successfully applied for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious Grant, securing funding to run Hydrogen Challenge Competitions across both Swansea, Newport and Cardiff in Wales and Humberside areas, both culminating in December finals held at Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Cardiff and University of Hull respectively.
The Arcola Energy team chose Wales and Humberside as two regions that have put sustainability at the forefront of their development, tailoring workshops to engage young people in practical science that directly affects them and their local environment, as well as exploring the science behind renewable technology in a fun and tangible way.
In cooperation with Swansea University, Cardiff University and University of Hull we delivered innovative workshops to 3,600 young people, employing engineers, engineering students and science communicators from the local region to facilitate the work.
About the Royal Academy of Engineering
As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the RAE brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.
The RAE provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business, taking a lead on engineering education and investing in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation whilst also working to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering.
Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering.
Ingenious has funded over 200 projects to date, providing opportunities for over 5,000 engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the very centre of society.
The Ingenious awards programme aims to:
Ingenious is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) is a not-for-profit charity ‘Group Training Association’. Established in 1967 by a group of local companies to bridge the gap between industry and education. HETA is renowned as the leading Engineering training provider in the region.