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Competition Inspires Future Engineers

Winners visited Chessington on National Roller Coaster day

Chessington World of Adventures Resort launched a competition to find the next generation of Engineers or ‘En-juni-eers’, with the lucky winners visiting the Park and meeting the team responsible for the ‘positive g’s’, learning just what it takes to engineer a roller coaster.

Chessington World of Adventures hoped to inspire children aged up to 14 to get into engineering, by offering a rare opportunity to spend time on National Roller Coaster Day with the Theme Park’s own Civil Engineer, Michelle Hicks, who’s overseen recent ride and attraction launches at Chessington including Land of the Tiger in 2018 and Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey this year.

Chessington Junior Engineer competition winner National Roller Coaster Day

The winners Zach, aged 9, and Darcey, aged 7, impressed Michelle with their crazy coaster designs and joined her at the Resort to celebrate on 16th August. Alongside whizzing on coasters and learning the tricks and turns of the trade with Michelle, Nick Varney, the CEO of Merlin Entertainments, joined to check out their innovative ideas.

 Michelle said: “We’re delighted to launch this competition as a way to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering, with only 23.6% of those aged between 11 and 14 reporting knowing what people working in the field actually do*.

“Inspiration to get into engineering can come from the most surprising of places. If the potential to work in a Theme Park creating roller coasters inspires at least one young person to think about a career in engineering then the competition will have been a success!”

September 2019

Chessington Junior Engineer competition winners with Civil Engineer Michelle Hicks
Competition winners with CEO Nick Varney
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