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Engineering is not just about ‘fixing things’ it is about understanding how, and why things work. Creativity and problem solving are at the heart of every industry and engineers are involved in all aspects of designing, building and testing new technologies and products.

Anything from rockets to mobile phones involves engineering – even hip replacements! By setting out the power and potential of engineering science to young people, we aim to spark a passion for discovery and inspire a lifelong interest in engineering.

Through our briefing days for teachers and careers advisers, demonstrations and talks in schools and colleges and public events, we are bringing our enthusiasm for engineering sciences to the wider community.

Primary & Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards – South of England

Pupils are invited to interview engineers

This is an extraordinary programme where pupils are invited to interview engineers about their creative engineering problem solving and then respond to the question…

Pupils devise, illustrate and annotate their solutions and include a ‘Pitch Letter’ to engineers explaining why they should build their invention…and, you never know, they just might.

All entries gain a certificate; all schools will have entries put on public display. From all the entries two pupils per year group will be chosen by a panel of distinguished judges to receive awards and be invited to the University’s annual Design Show to collect them.

Register Your School

Explore sound

Anechoic room

ISVR is always interested in working with schools, colleges and other groups on projects relating to sound, acoustic science or audiology. We can work with your curriculum topics or help you to develop a bespoke STEM project.

Explore sound

Dragonfly Day

School students

An on-campus day designed for year 9 female students to encourage young women to consider the benefits of further study, and careers, in science and engineering.

Dragonfly Day

Arkwright Scholarships Trust

Glider Project - Arkwright Interview Day 2017

Arkwright Scholarships provide scholarships for Yr11 students interested in taking STEM subjects at FE & HE level. The scholarships can be used towards extra study in STEM e.g. Smallpeice and Headstart courses. The University of Southampton hosts a scholarships interview day and sponsors one Arkwright Scholar each academic year.  

Design Triathlon Residential

Design Traithlon 2017

The Design Triathlon is a FREE residential course for Year 12 students interested in studying engineering at university. The Summer School introduces students to the three areas of Ship Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering. Over four days, students design and build a glider, a Greenpower car and a fastcraft for water as part of a team. Talks, workshops and seminars from staff and students from the School of Engineering provide insight into the wealth of careers and opportunities that an engineering degree can provide.

Design Triathlon Summer School

Marine Headstart Summer School

Summer School students at tow tank

During this Summer School students learn the basic principles of designing ships, yachts and marine structures in order to understand how the world’s oceans can be exploited to harness environmentally safe energy, all under the guidance of expert staff and students in Ship Science. Students are involved with hands-on team design and build projects, as well as attending lectures and seminars from academics, researchers and industry specialists.

Marine Headstart Summer School

Infant Engineer

Childrens book cover

An annual book-giving project pioneered at the University of Southampton that prompts primary school children to engage with creative problem solving.

Infant Engineer

Bringing Research to Life Roadshow

Students at Roadshow

Our researchers work with public engagement experts to design hands-on and interactive activities that join the University’s multi-disciplinary Bringing Research to Life Roadshow. The annual tour has more than 20,000 visitors and appears at a wide range of events including international science festivals, well-known music and cultural festivals, and regional shows.

Bringing Research to Life Roadshow

Researchers’ Café

Coffee idea logo

The Researchers’ Café holds events once or twice a month across the city. It is a chance for the public to meet our researchers and have an informal conversation about their work. Speakers are often from our Faculty.

Researchers’ Café

Pint of Science

Pint of Science logo

Our staff and students contribute to this popular annual international week of research talks, hosted locally in several pubs across the city.

Pint of Science

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