Programmes for Secondary Schools and Colleges

Practical activities using humour, multi-media, interaction, games and ambassadors from business and industry. Businesses support schools with funding and supply volunteers so that students work with a mentor in small teams.

The following programmes can be tailored to suit curriculum plans.


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Making and operating robotic arms. Students are mentored in teams by engineering ambassadors from academic and industrial backgrounds to construct working lifting machines. The workshop can be tailored for different groups with increasing complexity for the science learning or emphasis on teamwork. The day is supported by the businesses from lifting and access industry sector who supply demonstrations of the modern lifting technology, robotics and bio- mechanics. Students will be challenged to work as a team and to present practical engineering solutions as well as visions for the future of this industry sector.

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Shipping 2050 Exciting and practical way of engaging students with engineering and maritime heritage. 92% of everything we handle has traveled by ship. Working with engineers and maritime architects students build a boat and then redesign it to make it fit for the future. This workshops is held on-board a ship in Bristol's historic harbour from September to May.

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A project about the flow of water in and around us. Connecting students to the natural processes of the tides to raise awareness of the importance of our relationship with all aspect of water in a changing world. Supported by artists, filmmakers,  environmentalist and scientists with a wide range of views of possible futures for the tides and tidal landscapes.

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Students work alongside engineers to design, construct and fly a model aircraft. Thrills and spills at the end of a day involving demonstrations of the science of flight and an opportunity to talk to engineers from the aviation industry and other engineering sectors.

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Goal setting, visioning and self belief. A unique coaching programme using a sci-fi adventure movie and business mentors. Helping students realise how much control they have over their future and  take action steps towards success at a time in their life when their world is changing.

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Teams of six students are led by a trained business volunteer to explore how action steps taken now impact later in life. A fun event that helps students see the importance of a balance in elements of life. They take decisions for different characters to build a life story from 13 to 25. The day ends with presentations by life-size puppets. All the puppets are 25 year old and have life experiences to share explaining how they achieved or failed to achieved success and happiness.Students go on to plan action steps for their own lives to help them achieve a foundation for future success and happiness.

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