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Explore Engineering

Tickets info

Date & Time
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April
24 hours
Age Restriction
Ages 7+

Activities | Ages 7+

Explore Engineering

About the event

The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK’s National Academy of Engineering. There are more than 1,500 fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering from all sectors and disciplines who are elected for their exceptional contributions to the discipline. 

The Royal Academy of Engineering have developed a range of hands-on learning resources for Children and Young People to help inspire them in a career in engineering. Take a look at some of our favourites below, and click the link at the bottom of the page to access all of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Resources.  

Great Exhibition at Home 

Meaningful, structured and creative STEM activities build to an exhibition to be held in bedrooms, kitchens, shoeboxes, gardens across the country. Inspired by the original Great Exhibition of 1851, The Great Exhibition at Home Challenge asks young people to explore how engineers can help protect the planet. The Challenge is suitable for home-working or classroom, for primary or secondary ages, and can be completed alone or with friends.

Engineering a better world

Learn about which continents have the largest area, the most countries and the greatest population. Explore the Sustainable Development Goals and put your tinkering hat onto to create your own solution that will help to meet one of the goals. 

Vertical farm

Explore why it is important for engineers to find creative ways to grow food in different settings, find out how composting works and design and make your own vertical garden. 

Power up! 

Power up! looks at different types of energy, the importance of electricity and how it is generated. It investigates different types of renewable energy sources through a number of hands-on practical activities. Create a circuit to investigate energy transfers using different objects you might have at home, design and build your own Rube Goldberg machine and build a mini wind turbine using recycled material

Light saver 

Light saver investigates how properties of light have been used to develop a new light-based technique to help diagnose and monitor the health of babies' brains. The resource looks at the visible light spectrum, nanometres, behaviour of light and health monitoring. Discover the interactive tool 'Scale of the universe' and compare light waves with double decker buses, humans and a grain of rice. Investigate how light behaves, interacts with our bodies and used in medical engineering through a number of experiments that just need a torch, water, food colouring and gummy bears.

Are we connected? 

Are we connected? explores engineering through the technology we communicate and connect with. Through enquiry and practical activity learn about the electromagnetic spectrum; 'find your friends' on a map of the UK and Ireland using trilateration; consider the ethics around AI technology; use algorithms to build shapes using tangrams; program a virtual Sphero ball; and use code-breaking skills to decrypt text.

Content provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering

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