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Introduction to Engineering

Introduction to Engineering

Find out what future study or a career in Engineering might be like on this Engineering summer course in Oxford, delivered by ORA’s expert faculty.

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Course Summary

The Introduction to Engineering course from Oxford Royale Academy provides students with a comprehensive grounding in all things Engineering. The practical skills and theoretical knowledge gained give students a head start in future studies and careers in this competitive sector.

During their two weeks of study, participants dive straight into the discipline, covering the diverse branches of Engineering Science including Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineering. Students acquire practical skills through a series of design-led workshops, enabling them to gain a thorough understanding of the discipline. Classes also ensure that students are taught the fundamental principles of each strand of Engineering Science, leaving them well equipped for a future in Engineering.

What to expect from Introduction to Engineering for ages 13-15

This course offers an interactive learning experience for students keen to immerse themselves in the dynamic field of Engineering Science. Classes will introduce the technical and analytical skills that are vital to pursuing a degree and career in Engineering.

The programme is suitable both for those seeking to experience the practical applications of scientific theory and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of Engineering Science.


Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have:


Topics covered

The Introduction to Engineering course will cover a wide range of theory and concepts, including:

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Week 1 Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction and knowledge refresher: elementary physics, scalars and vectors Lesson 11: Electrical Engineering, knowledge refresher: Ohm’s law, circuit symbols
Lesson 2: Knowledge refresher: elementary mathematics, probability, progression, series Lesson 12: Working of a potentiometer, chemical battery
Lesson 3: Spaghetti tower Lesson 13: Construction of a solenoid
Tuesday Lesson 4: Assessing mechanical motion in everyday life Lesson 14: Introduction to Bioengineering
Lesson 5: Concept of stress, strain, problem-solving lesson Lesson 15: Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Wednesday Field trip or guest speakers Lesson 16-17: Presentations
Lesson 18: Different forms of Sustainable Engineering
Thursday Lesson 6: Analysis of bridges, dams and buildings Lesson 19: Logical and mathematical puzzles: a systematic approach to solving puzzles
Lesson 7: Analysis of beam deformation Lesson 20: Introduction to binary system
Friday Lesson 8: Design contest: proposals and feedback Lesson 21: Introduction to Engineering courses at university
Lesson 9: Design contest: construction Lesson 22: Group discussion of personal statements
Lesson 10: Design contest: construction and testing Lesson 23: Mock interviews and final lesson


Take this course if…

Take this course if you have been inspired by the many feats of engineering from around the world, and you want to understand the fundamentals underpinning this dynamic subject.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

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