Engineering – a unique approach to foundational principles.

Engineers are in high demand across the UK right now. There are six main types each divided into many more subcategories –  mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, management and geotechnical.

Each term students will be introduced to a new specialism within the intriguing engineering world through a series of hands on mini projects. As with all of our courses these sessions are fully inclusive, designed around a set of small achievable goals and benefit from the option of additional one to one support. where required Complex theories are broken down and presented in manageable chunks through fun hands on activities, games and experimentation.

Below is a breakdown of the first three sessions of block 1 as an example of the topics and approaches we will be using on this course. The teaching methods are flexible and will be altered in line with the students’ ability, preference, passion and learning styles in order to make sure the course is fully inclusive and of course lots of fun.


Week 1Design Thinking and Tall Structures
Students will be introduced to the concept of tall structures using the father of skycrapers, Fazlur Rahman Khan’s tubular design theory as a base. They will make their own set of surveying tools, discuss and define what ‘tall’ means and use trigonometry taught through hands on experiments to find the height of buildings.

Week 2Shapes and Their Strength In Buildings
The work of Buck Minster Fuller features heavily this week with students getting to grip with the tensile strength of different shapes within building and the way they interact with one another. They will answer the question ‘ what is the strongest shape for a building?’ and ‘which shape holds the heaviest load?’

Week 3Withstanding Natural Disasters
Using hands on experiments and games, students explore the impact of extreme weather systems on infrastructure and design. Building on the skills and knowledge from the previous sessions they will investigate and build their own tall structure using dampeners to counteract the force of strong winds, earthquakes and eddies.

Based on a framework of small achievable goals proven to improve self confidence, academic attainment and enjoyment of the subject, our mini engineers aged 8 to 12, meet weekly during term time for 2.5 hours a week. Sessions currently take place in York, Hebden Bridge and Manchester but are also available as part of the group booking options.

This is an opportunity designed specifically for home educated children who enjoy learning hands on to develop their knowledge of engineering and design thinking, doing, prototyping and iteration. They is an opportunity for families to register for the AQA unit award scheme and receive certificates as a record of their achievement and progression within the subject.

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