Introduction to Engineering

i2E is a collection of three activities, designed to stimulate the interest of young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects by providing a task set in an enjoyable and real context.

Alternative Energy Box

This Key Stage 3 project  involves teams of up to three pupils assembling and testing models of wind turbines to demonstrate how energy is transferred.

Each turbine can be adapted in terms of gear layout, blade design, number and size of blades.

The turbines can then be used to inspire further design or scientific investigations.

Schools are encouraged to develop integrated curricular links and are supported by the loan of  project boxes for club or school  activities.

Manufacturing Industrial Components

This activity challenges pupils studying engineering at schools and colleges to manufacture components from engineering drawings from real industrial contexts.

Participation in this activity will be particularly useful to enhance GCSE and vocational course work and provide pupils with a real engineering context for their course.

Pupils may also be able to visit companies to see the industrial environment for their challenge.


Go4SET is a civil engineering competition.

Teams of around six pupils work with their teacher and an engineering ambassador to design and create a model of a venue that meets local needs, such as a sports venue or visitor centre.

Students consider the main factors that a professional civil engineer would take into account when undertaking similar projects, particularly environmental, social and sustainability issues.

The teams will display their work to a panel of assessors at a presentation day.  The winners are presented with an award.

Benefits to pupils

  • Development of communication, teamwork, presentation and problem solving skills
  • Experience of working to deadlines
  • Opportunity to be creative and innovative
  • Wider awareness of environmental and sustainibility issues
  • Personal development
  • Application of STEM skills
  • Industry awareness
  • Improved confidence levels
  • CREST and accreditation of Essential and Key Skills

 Benefits to schools/colleges

  • Creativity and innovation linked to the curriculum
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)for teachers linked with industrial awareness
  • Essential and Key Skills development
  • Input into careers guidance
  • Improved GCSE and vocational course results
  • Additional qualifications

Essential and Key Skills

Pupils participating in i2E activities are able to gain Essential and Key Skills qualifications at levels 1 and 2 through the activities they undertake.  This approach develops Key Skills through application in a real context.

CREST Awards

Students participating in i2E  are able to register for a CREST award.

CREST is a project-based awards scheme for STEM subjects and is linked closely to the curriculum.  UCAS recognise CREST Awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements – they are well regarded and a tangible recognition of success.