Schools' 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.

Engineering in your Schools

During the Autumn Term 2017, the Schools’ Liaison Officer has delivered Engineering Departments free outreach education programme to over 400 KS2 pupils at 10 schools in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Teachers have been very positive about the experience:

  • “Interesting and challenging experiments which the children enjoyed.”Ridge Community Primary
  • “It has been great to see the children taking the lesson on board, thinking for themselves and trying ideas rather than being teacher led.”Trumacar Primary

The programme consists of a choice of 5 full day engineering challenge workshops, including two new themes, Stored Energy and Mechanical Engineering. Each workshop provides the Year 5 and 6 pupils with the opportunity to apply their STEM knowledge to real-world engineering challenges. Click Here to download the programme details and booking information.

Bookings now for Spring Term 2018.

"What is Engineering?" These are some of the words used by KS2 pupils to explain their answer after participating in an engineering challenge.

Free STEM Workshops for Y5 and Y6

Introduce your pupils to the exciting world of engineering. Bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life with real-world challenges. Provide pupils with opportunities to enrich their STEM learning. Practice STEM skills and collaborative working. Choose from the following themes:

Nuclear Engineering

Explore the science and hazards of generating electricity from fission. Design, build and test a container to safely transport “nuclear” waste.

Chemical Engineering

Discover how engineers make new materials with useful properties by creating and testing a new plastic polymer to keep astronauts safe on their return to Earth.

Stored Energy

Storing energy now is more important than any time in human history. Experiment with storing and releasing energy in practical challenges in a racing car and an unusual battery.

Engineering in Disaster Zones

Engineers use their skills to solve problems and improve lives. Race against time to get essential supplies to a community without roads or runways.

Mechanical Energy

This type of engineering is all about movement. Hunt out the six simple machines and become medieval castle-building engineers. Turn the simple into a ridiculous complex machine for a simple task.

Each free workshop is

  • delivered at your school, by a DBS checked, qualified and experienced teacher
  • is a full day (adaptable)
  • includes activities to enable pupils to reflect on the process and skills employed in their engineering challenge

All workshops are

  • Linked to the national curriculum and cross-curricular
  • Provide opportunities to practice STEM skills including
  • creative and critical thinking, evaluating and reflecting, collaborating and communicating
  • Risk assessed
  • Funded by the Sir John Fisher Foundation

IET Faraday Challenge Day

The Engineering Department was one of only 12 universities selected to host this year's Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Faraday Challenge Day.

Teams of Year 8 students from four Lancashire schools; Lancaster Girls Grammar, Hodgson Academy, Fulwood Academy and Our Lady’s Catholic College raced against the clock to solve real-life engineering problems. The crew of the incredible Land Rover BAR catamaran asked the teams to create innovative engineering related solutions to help them achieve winning performances in the America’s Cup race.

Each team used their small budget to design, build and test their prototype producing some innovative and unique solutions. The winning team from Lancaster Girls’ Grammar were awarded a trophy and individual prizes and could be one of the top 5 teams out of 147 schools from across the UK to compete in the national final.


Irene Wise

Dr Irene Wise

Schools and Colleges Engineering Liaison Officer

Lucy Blackburn

Lucy Blackburn

Departmental Recruitment Conversion and Marketing Coordinator

+44 (0)1524 592275 D27, D - Floor, Engineering Building
Jon Turner

Jon Turner

STEM Engagement Officer