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Time to Make a Big Bang for Design

Published on Tuesday, 4th July 2017, contributed by Kinneir Dufort

 “Let’s get people talking about creativity and STEM”

This week, Bristol will host its first ever regional Big Bang. A two-day event focussing on the careers students can get involved in for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

With two floors spanning most of the Trinity Arts Centre in Old Market, children from local schools will be shown round both an Enterprise Zone and Research Zone. The Enterprise Zone will consist of local companies running activities, and the Research Zone will be full of scientists from local universities giving hands on demonstrations.

Innovation and Design consultancy, Kinneir Dufort, will be right in the heart of the action in the Enterprise Zone, sponsoring the event and helping the younger generation explore their options available when studying STEM.

At KD (Kinneir Dufort), much of their work involves high tech and mechanical engineering; utilising all aspects of STEM. However, many students of all ages are often unaware that design is a career they can get into if studying these subjects. To showcase just how much goes into design, the teams at KD have decided to take a group of their prototypers, marketeers, human factors consultants and indeed engineers to the event, to run an interactive activity, portraying how ideas are taken from concept to fruition.

So, why are events like the Big Bang important?

Despite engineering being such a critical part of successful design projects, ‘design’ as a career is not often a path students are fully aware of. Therefore, industry leaders are in a great position to help those currently deciding their futures, to understand the wider career options that are open to them within the realm of engineering and design.

Perhaps you love drawing, art or sculpture?

Have a creative and imaginative mind?

These are the questions to ask, yet are not often associated with a career in mechanical engineering, maths or technology. This is true for many of the KD team who would answer a big fat yes to those questions and are also very proud, qualified mechanical engineers!

From Schoolroom to Studio

Kinneir Dufort asked two of their design engineers to reflect on their career choice and the contributing factors that led to it:

“I didn’t think Engineering was a career path I could go down at school, as I couldn’t see myself spending every day stuck in front of a calculator. DT class on the other hand I loved, as I could get hands on designing and making cool things. It wasn’t until I reached university that I realised Design Engineering utilises both the creativity of Design, and the tangibility of Engineering to create original designs that really work!”

Josh Leddra, Design Engineer at Kinneir Dufort

“Why did I become a design engineer? At school my science teachers told me engineers use technology to make things. Asked a similar question to my product design teacher, who told us to step back and think about everything we use in life; why we needed it, what it did, how it worked, how it was made. The answer was because someone had already thought about it for quite a long time. That’s what a design engineer does, a lot of thinking, to work out how to use technology to make things that work for people and solve a problem.’’

Alex Waldron, Design Engineer at Kinneir Dufort

Find out more?

The event is open to the public from 3pm-7pm on Thursday 6th July. Why not pop down and say hello? It takes place in the Trinity Arts Centre, Old Market, Bristol.

For more information on the event visit the website.