School's Outreach

We are keen to work with schools to help raise awareness of engineering and demonstrate the opportunities that studying for a degree in engineering can provide. We invite pupils and teachers to try some hands-on engineering, to hear about our research, and to find out about life at university.

Headstart residential course: Sustainable Power Engineering

In July, 36 students from across the country took park in a four-day Headstart residential course to learn about sustainable power engineering. Headstart is a programme of courses from the Engineering Development Trust, aimed at encouraging talented students to consider STEM careers.

During their visit, the 17 year olds experienced life as a university student, attending lectures, visiting Heysham nuclear power station and completed practical challenges including designing a turbine using CAD, producing it on a 3D printer and testing it on the Departments wind and wave machines.

One student said "it was a great opportunity to work with other young potential STEM undergraduates on a large overarching project." The course, described as "exemplary" by the Headstart supervisor, was led by the department’s admission tutor Dr Steven Quayle with input from researchers in sustainable energy, supported by the team of engineering technicians.

Information about future courses can be found at

The Big Bang Fair 2016: The Third Dimension

The Big Bang Fair 2016 held at Furness College attracted 1400 primary and secondary aged pupils to discover more about science, technology and engineering through local companies. The Engineering Department challenged pupils with 3-dimensional thinking problems.

The most popular one required pupils to create one 3D shape that could fit exactly through three different shaped holes. This led to lots of discussion and trial and error. Many visitors to the stand concluded that engineers must be very smart and creative to solve these problems.

Other Opportunities

We are keen to work with schools to help raise awareness of engineering and demonstrate the opportunities that studying for a degree in engineering can provide. Opportunities to look out for are;

  • Engineering workshops for Y6 – Y9
  • Chemical engineering workshop for KS3 in the Engineering Department
  • Faraday Challenge for Y8 in March
  • Sustainable engineering challenge
  • Factory in a Box, 3D printer loan scheme

Education Enrichment Opportunities

Arkwright Scholarships Trust

Awards highly sought after scholarships to Y11 pupils keen to pursue a future career in engineering. The application process includes a practical engineering project and is open from mid-November to mid-January. Successful scholars receive £600, a professional engineer mentor and enrichment opportunities amongst other things.

Smallpeice Trust

Is all about inspiring and supporting young engineers in the making who are daring to imagine. They offer Ignition and Momentum summer schools for Y8 – 11 at Universities, including Lancaster.

Engineering Development Trust

Engineering Education Scheme includes a variety of theme engineering courses for Y12, including a summer residential Headstart course about Sustainable Power at Lancaster.


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