Bring It On, The Exhibition for Future Engineers in the North East and the Tees Valley, is targeted at young people aged 9-14. It aims to raise the aspirations of North East youngsters and contribute to closing the engineering skills gap in the region.

We exclusively showcase North East based engineering companies. They range from large multinationals with a presence in our region to small SMEs. Engineering companies exhibit in five zones representing the five major engineering sectors in the region; Automotive, Rail and Aerospace; Creative & Digital Technology; Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering; Subsea, Oil & Gas, Renewables and Energy and Chemicals & Processing.

Three live exhibitions have been run, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2020, and 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we delivered Virtual Bring It On, in 2020 this featured a series of 20 videos featuring North East based engineering companies and the engineers that work for them. In 2021 we delivered a more interactive virtual showcase with over 8000 students engaged. Visit our 2022 page for more information on this years event.


Young Minds Inspired
School's engaged
Engineering Companies

The event is a collaboration of national and regional organisations aiming to help reduce the engineering skills gap by inspiring young people at the grassroots level.


Our annual event, Bring It On North East took place on Thursday 4th November this year. Following the success of our virtual programme in 2020 we built on this  to bring you a bigger, better and more interactive version. We had over 8000 students signed up from across the North East!

See what 2021’s event had to offer


Virtual Bring It On 2020 was an online programme of inspirational video content aimed at 9-14 year olds. The new videos Educated, Inspired and Informed young people across the North East about the engineering opportunities available to them in the future.

See what 2020’s event had to offer


In 2019 we hosted 1,800 pupils from 135 schools and 67 North East based engineering companies. Over 200 teachers also attended. We closed applications from schools and companies in June because we were full! (for an exhibition in October)
We also hosted the ‘Big Bang Near Me’ North East final.

See what 2019’s event had to offer


In 2018, we ran the exhibition in the ‘Beacon of Light’ building in Sunderland. We completely filled this excellent new venue with both schools and companies.
We were delighted with the very high level of returning exhibitors and schools for the second year and received excellent feedback from pupils, teachers and exhibitors.
This year we also hosted the Big Bang’s ‘UK Young Scientists and Engineers’ regional competition.

See what 2018’s event had to offer


Our first exhibition was held in the concourse area underneath the terraces at the Stadium of Light. In spite of a challenging and draughty venue our first exhibition was a massive success, attracting engineering companies and schools from all corners of the North East of England.
We were extremely grateful to all of the organisations that financially supported us and to the companies and engineers that gave up their time.

See what 2017’s event had to offer

Photography credit: A7EHF Photography