Inspiration from ASIMO

ASIMO, the humanoid robot made by Honda, will be making its UK debut in the north east of England in a bid to inspire the regions’ next generation of engineers.

ASIMO will be in the North East for three days at the Youth Engineering Summit (YES), which is being held at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton le Spring, in June.

YES provides an opportunity for around 7,000 year 7 and 8 students (11-14 year olds) to experience engineering and be made aware of the range of career options available in this field.

A range of public and private sector organisations, including One NorthEast, the North East Productivity Alliance (NEPA) and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), are backing the show in the north east with the aim to make it an annual event.

One NorthEast manufacturing and productivity manager, Dr Colin Herron, said: ‘The Youth Engineering Summit has been successfully run in the midlands since 2000 and it is excellent to have the opportunity to bring it up to the north east.

‘Engineering applies to all industries, from record making to financial services, as well as within manufacturing, production and construction, and the show is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters from the North East to see the diverse range of career options available.’

BAE Systems, Nissan, Walkers PepsiCo International United Kingdom and filmNova have all confirmed their attendance and will give presentations on their area of engineering expertise.