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Engineer IT!

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A unique opportunity for Year 9 pupils to explore and enhance their engineering skills with the Design and Technology Education team at NTU.

  • From: Friday 19 September 2014, 8.45 am
  • To: Friday 19 September 2014, 2 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 238, Maudslay building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
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We are offering Year 9 students a unique opportunity to explore and enhance their engineering skills with the Design and Technology Education team at NTU.

Through interactive workshops students will explore a range of new technologies using NTU's state of the art design and technology facilities; creating wearable eTextiles, experimenting with ice cream in our food technology lab, as well as using lego robotics to design, programme and build machinery.

Workshops will be delivered by inspiring University staff and current trainee teachers at NTU and this all-day event also aims explore the range of exciting Design and Technology courses and careers available.

The accompanying Design and Technology school teacher will be provided with CPD resources to use back in the classroom and given priority for further Design and Technology events and CPD opportunities hosted at NTU.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please email Deborah Hinds.


08:45 – Arrival, registration and teacher refreshments

09:30 – Welcome and introduction

10:00 – 11:00 – Workshop session 1
1) Textile technology 2) Engineering Challenge 3) Systems and Robotics 4) Food Technology

11:00 – 11:15 – Break

11:15 – 12:00 – Key note speaker

12:00 – Lunch

12:45 – 13:45 - Workshop 2
1) Textile technology 2) Engineering Challenge 3) Systems and Robotics 4) Food Technology

14:00 - Finish

Workshop contents:
School groups will attend TWO workshops during the day. You will select these during the booking process.

1) Textile Technology: Wicked ClothingWearable technology and eTextiles are a growing area of the textile industry. Soft electronics can be incorporated into garments, accessories and interiors. A Year 2 BSc DT Education student has recently developed a comfortable nightwear garment, which can measure type 1 diabetes symptoms during the night.
During this workshop, pupils will have the opportunity to create a simple soft switch / light and explore different applications for this exciting and new technology.

2) Engineering Challenge: Folding Wall
Card engineering, such as pop-up books, are incredibly innovative and utilise material effectively and efficiently. Workshop pupils will be challenged to design a fold-out working environment for children, incorporating a desk, light and shelving system, using card engineering techniques.

3) Systems & Robotics: Lego Mechanisms
Using Lego robotics and machines, pupils will work together to design, programme and build an engineered solution to a challenge presented on the day.

Can you beat other teams to lift the heaviest weight? Will your robotic machine be the most efficient and use the least resources? Will it fail spectacularly or succeed in style?

4) Food Technology: It's ice-cream but not as you know it!
A student in Year 2 BSc DT Education last year developed an ice-cream which does not melt in warm weather. This product uses a smart additive. See what you think of it.

Booking information

This is a free event.

To book a place(s) on this event please visit surveymonkey

For group bookings please be aware of the following:

We are required to target learners who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and statistically less likely to progress on to further and higher education. We are required to ensure that at least 66% of the learners who engage in our activities meet one or more of these criteria. These include learners who:

  • reside in deprived neighbourhoods, where progression rates to higher education are low
  • are from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • are in receipt of free school meals
  • are currently looked-after / in care or have recently left care
  • have a disability

We can help you identify a cohort if you could provide us with the postcodes of learners within your group and an explanation of how they meet the above criteria. Please contact us for more information.

Location details


Lecture Theatre 238, Maudslay building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Shakespeare Street

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