Engineering Education Scheme
The University of Birmingham hosts The Engineering Education Scheme which runs the residential experience project in December for year 12 students. They undertake a project mentored by professional engineering companies and produce an original piece of engineering. There is an awards ceremony in May.
The Engineering Education Scheme in England & Scotland is an EDT Programme which links teams of four Year 12 or S5/S6 students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems.
The scheme provides students with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology that will enable them to make an informed decision about their future studies and career.
This will be achieved by giving the students, in a 6 month programme;
Hands-on work experience as part of a team
Experience of problem solving, working on a project that is relevant to a local company
Use of a university’s engineering workshops to develop, build and test solutions to the problem
Professional skills lectures on Communications (written, verbal and visual) and Project Management
The opportunity to develop technical skills and see school physics, chemistry, technology etc applied in an industrial environment
An opportunity to meet professional and graduate engineers, scientists and technologists
Experience in presenting their solution, in a formal verbal presentation and formal written technical report, to a panel of senior professional engineers
Students will receive an EES National Certificate on successful completion of the programme and a Duke of Edinburgh Skills Certificate. They will also get the opportunity to compete for a British Association (BA) CREST Award.
During their six-month project phase, students are encouraged to show industrial enterprise, creativity and innovation whilst gaining extensive experience of problem-solving, team-working and project management. All key Key life skills are developed within the context of the world of work, www.etrust.org.uk/ees/about-ees.
Energy lights and heats our buildings, feeds our transport systems, enables business and industry and fuels the global economy, and yet in the twenty-first century over a billion people worldwide still live without electricity in their homes. We are facing our biggest challenge; how do we develop an infrastructure which can give us the energy services we want, and make them accessible to all, without undermining the ecosystem which sustains our existence? This Headstart course will give you an opportunity to explore some of the ways in which scientists and engineers are working to tackle the problem of ensuring we all have ‘power for the future’.
What’s it all about?
This Headstart course will give you the opportunity to learn more about how science and engineering are being used to ensure we maintain global power supplies at the level needed for the 21st century. You will have the opportunity to work with University researchers who are leading these developments, and you will get the opportunity to work with current university students on practical activities and challenges. The course will give you experience of what university life is like, and will enable you to experience university level teaching in science and engineering. It will also give you the opportunity to explore just some of the exciting range of career opportunities that are available to you after studying science and engineering at university.
Would this course suit me?
If you are interested in exploring how science and engineering skills can be applied to tackle global challenges then this course is for you. Equally it will be suitable for you if you are interested in any of the following disciplines:
Metallurgy & Materials
What do I need to be suitable?
The University of Birmingham is an internationally renowned research-intensive university that has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. This Headstart course is designed to reflect our beliefs and values, and is designed to enable you to explore what life at our University is like.
This course will suit you if you have a scientific and mathematics background and are interested in applying your skills and knowledge to tackle global problems and challenges. It will also provide you with a chance to sample studying and living in Birmingham and to work with those currently studying engineering at University.
For more information or to register get in touch with Headstart directly at: www.etrust.org.uk/headstart/courses