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.
First Lego League (FLL)
FIRST® LEGO® League is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme, with entry categories for 6-9 year olds and 9-16 year olds. For more information on these categories, click the links below.
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.
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.