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Superheroes inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers

8th September 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

From comic books to the big screen, superheroes have amused and inspired us over the years. Whether you’re a die-hard fan following all the storylines and characters or new to the scene, there is something or someone for everyone to relate or aspire to.

With the increasing popularity in the likes of Marvel and DC reflected in box office sales and continual film releases, can these superheroes do more than just entertain us?

Although superheroes are often looked up to due to abilities such as flying, strength, invisibility and speed, these are unrealistic aspirations. However, some of our best-loved heroes have other skills and talents that actually belong in the real world. 

Yet, new research released today by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), reveals an alarming disconnect between children’s love for superheroes and their attitudes towards their engineering alter-egos.

Aston spoke to Dr Sarita Robinson, deputy head for psychology & computer science at the University of Central Lancashire.