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An event aimed at inspiring the next generation of Scottish inventors, engineers and manufacturers will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 15 November.

The Primary Engineering event, hosted by the National Museum of Scotland, is expected to attract more than 400 pupils and teachers.

Visitors will get the opportunity to meet and quiz engineering industry experts and have the chance to visit the Museum’s stunning Science and Technology galleries.

A number of unique perspectives will be brought by the panel of industry experts which includes:

Vicky Hamilton, a 25-year-old product design engineering graduate from the University of Strathclyde, who invented the now widely available ‘Recoil Kneepads’ -  an upgraded kneepad which decreases pressure on knees by 76 per cent.

Legal Engineer™ Philip Hannay, Managing Director at the award-winning Cloch Solicitors, who lectures in Intellectual Property law and entrepreneurism.

Lynne McIntosh, a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at the University of Strathclyde’s ground-breaking Advanced Forming Research Centre. Despite being was interested in maths and science at school, she had never considered a science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) career. Then Lynne was inspired to become an engineer by Dr Peter Hughes after he spoke at the Scottish Summer Space School on behalf of Primary Engineer.

At the end of the event, the pupils will be asked the following question: ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ and their answers will be entered in the nationwide Scottish Engineering Leaders Award competition.

Last year, around 12,000 pupils across Scotland answered that question and this year they are hoping to break that record. Some of last years winning ideas can be seen here.

"If you were an engineer, what would you do?"

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Sector Manager for Skills Planning and Sector Development Billy Scott, said: “Primary Engineer’s programmes are inspiring, engaging and enormous fun. Anyone who is interested in how problem solving skills can be developed in the classroom should check out this innovative, award-winning approach.”

More information on Primary Engineering can be found here:

Short-listed and winning entries will be part of an exhibition next June in Glasgow’s Barony Hall. Mechanical engineering Masters students at the University of Strathclyde will create a prototype of the winning entry.

Registration for this year’s competition is open at


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