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Introduction to Engineering Ages 13-15

London Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge

We also offer an Engineering Preparation Programme for 16-18s

The Introduction to Engineering summer course will provide an insight into what future study or a career in Engineering might be like. In addition, skills sessions and group projects will help students develop key abilities for future success, including leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of a range of Engineering disciplines
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

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 will undoubtedly ensure an advantage in future studies and careers in the sector.

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

What to expect from the Introduction to Engineering course

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:

  • Applied practical skills in design-led workshops and activities
  • Explored the application of engineering solutions to both everyday problems and more complex issues
  • Built their knowledge and understanding of the foundations of scientific theory behind Engineering, including Maths and Physics
  • Explored possibilities for their future careers
  • Learnt about the fundamental specialisations in Engineering branches, including civil, mechanical and electrical

Topics covered

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

  • Elementary theory in Mathematics and Physics (essential to Engineering Science)
  • Manufacturing concepts including function, environment and safety in Mechanical and Structural Engineering
  • The application of electromechanics and circuit theory to Electrical Engineering
  • The interaction of logic and mathematics fundamental to engineering.
  • Creative approaches to current and future problems within the fields of Biomedical, Chemical and Sustainable Engineering
  • The practical design skills and processes fundamental to multiple fields of Engineering (including structural and circuit design).

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 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction & Knowledge refresher: elementary Physics, Scalars and Vectors
Lesson 2: Knowledge Refresher: elementary, Mathematics, probability, progression, series.
Lesson 3: Spaghetti tower
Lesson 11: Electrical Engineering, knowledge refresher: Ohm’s law, circuit symbols
Lesson 12: Working of a potentiometer, chemical battery
Lesson 13: Construction of a solenoid
Tuesday Lesson 4: Assessing mechanical motion in everyday life
Lesson 5: Concept of Stress, Strain, problem solving lesson
Lesson 14: Introduction to Bioengineering
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 7: Analysis of beam deformation
Lesson 19: Logical and mathematical puzzles: a systematic approach to solving puzzles
Lesson 20: Introduction to binary system
Friday Lesson 8: Design contest: proposals and feedback
Lesson 9: Design contest: construction
Lesson 10: Design contest: construction and testing
Lesson 21: Introduction to Engineering courses at University
Lesson 22: Group discussion of personal statements
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 fundamental aspects of this dynamic subject.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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