Discover Engineering



We will work with you to deliver this activity in a COVID compliant way

The all day “Discover Engineering” masterclass allows students to explore a range of different approaches within contemporary Engineering. Students will take part in a series of interactive workshops, providing hands on experience in a variety of engineering fields and exploring how these different branches interrelate. The students will rotate around the workshops during the event,  experiencing all 4 workshops during the day in groups of 15.    

Key facts

On campus
Full day
Key Stage
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
7. Encounters with further and higher education
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

Example programme

10.00 to 10.15 – Welcome and Future Careers in Engineering 

10.15 to 12.00 – Masterclass Mini Lecture/Interactive workshops  

Choose 2 of the below breakout sessions

12.00 to 12.30 Lunch – (Staff and Students to bring own lunch) 

12.30 to 2.15 – Masterclass Mini Lecture/Interactive Workshops 

Choose 2 of the below breakout sessions

2.15 to 2.30 – Feedback and Departure

Breakout Sessions

The louder you scream...the faster we go! 

An introduction to Mechanical Engineering through exploring the structural forces that need to be considered when constructing a Roller Coaster – or aeroplane.  Students will experiment with using different types of material and design to create the most effective roller coaster 

Engineering the Future – How do driverless cars work? 

Students will be introduced to the basic concepts underlying driverless cars.  Using basic programming and sensors, students will have a go at creating their own prototype automated vehicle.  This provides an introduction to some of the ways in which Electronic Engineering is being used to create transport solutions for the future.

Creative Engineering 

Engineering isn’t all about nuts and bolts – it’s about developing a critical and creative mindset that focuses on problem solving and innovation.  Students will be encouraged to put their creative thinking skills to use on a basic Engineering problem 

Introduction to the SMARTZONE 

Students will get to experience some of the new technology within the University’s new SMARTZONE, and understand the real life applications of technologies such as 3D Scanning and 3D printing.

Automotive Race-Car Preparation

Get hands-on with our racing vehicles, help us to set them for their next race and learn about the importance of adjustments that can increase performance. 

All of our breakout sessions can also be delivered as standalone half day events.


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021