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Introduction to Engineering Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also available in Cambridge

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

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

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • 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 the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

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 very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors 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 their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential 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.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extracurricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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