Through a series of exhibits and attractions on its stand at Lincoln Cathedral, attendees will be able to take part in virtual and augmented reality games to bring engineering inventions to life.
Visitors will also be able to take a tour of the Siemens factory using virtual reality, and through an interactive screen will be able to take a turbine apart to see the different parts.
For the school day on Friday, small teams will have the chance to compete in a driverless car challenge. Teams will have 20 minutes to programme a Siemens robo-buggy to navigate different routes around a 1.5m2 map as an introduction to micro-bit programming.
A team of six graduates have organized Siemens participation in the event. Usman Imtiaz, a Graduate Engineer based in Lincoln, said: “We are all very excited to be involved in this project and looking forward to sharing our experiences of working at Siemens with the visitors over the course of the weekend. The SPARK Engineering Festival is a great opportunity to showcase some of the opportunities for young people in engineering roles in the local area as well as generating an interest in STEM subjects.”
Siemens employs more than 1,500 people across Lincoln. Since 1993, more than 600 apprentices have been employed by Siemens in Lincoln, with 2018 seeing 21 graduates employed. Through its partnership with the University of Lincoln, a training school was opened in 2010, with 19 students completing the official University of Lincoln Scholarship programme in that time.
Neil Corner, Managing Director, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd, said: “The schoolchildren of today are our engineers of tomorrow and we want to help nurture the inquisitiveness and interest they have in engineering. We are very proud of the long history our business has in Lincoln and, with our involvement in the University of Lincoln’s Engineering Training School, we play an active role in encouraging our future engineers.”