We have put together some useful links to help you to find out more about Engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and help us to promote them to your pupils. If you find other websites that you think we should add to this web page please use the 'page contact' below to email us with your suggestions.
Resources on engineering aimed at teachers
Engineering employers and Institutions have created many online resources for teachers. Here are links to just a few of the top hits from a Google search. Please conact us if you find other useful web resources you think should be included.
- BAE Systems BAE Systems is a leading global defence, security and aerospace company. These resources include 40 lesson plans.
- Institution of Engineering and Technology Teaching resources for schools and colleges including classroom resources, posters, magazines and project funding.
- Institution of Structural Engineers The Institution of Structural Engineers' Educational Trust has worked together with Expedition Engineering to create instant lessons which teachers can simply download and use.
- Teach Engineering The Teach Engineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers engineering content for K12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms.
Information and events to help introduce your pupils to University life
- This Warwick website is designed with information tailored to year groups from year 5 to year 13 to help pupils find out about University life in general using this interactive site.
- You can encourage your pupils to read current students blogs, including that of our own 2nd year engineering student Tom Wilson.
- Encourage you pupils to come and see us on a dedicated engineering only visit day (smaller event best for year 11 onwards) or on a University wide event (probably best from year 9 and most popular with years 12 and 13)
Direct your pupils to websites where they can find out more about Engineering careers
Useful websites about engineering careers
- Tomorrow’s Engineers is a UK website supported by Engineering UK and the Royal Academy of Engineering and hosts a huge amount of information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering.
- Science Buddies (US site but information is nicely presented).
- You can follow one of our engineering graduates, Yewande Akinola (who was awarded the prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2013 and now works for Arup) on twitter.
Engineering scholarship opportunities
Encourage your school and year 11 pupils to apply for an Arkwright Scholarship
Arkwright are not just about supporting pupils the school also benefits. Read more from the Arkwright Trust about how to get involved as a teacher. Engineering at Warwick has have just funded our first two Arkwright scholars, see more about this here.
Encourage Year 13 pupils to apply for a scholarship to support your undergraduate studies to one of the Institutions of Engineering
Direct your pupils to websites where they can find out more about Science careers
Careers in Science has case studies and examples of different careers in science.
National Careers Service has a wide range of different science job profiles, including the starting salary you might expect.
Encourage you pupils to apply for taster courses in Engineering and Science
It's a great idea to 'try before you buy' to find out more about a University course and about working life. The EDT (Engineering Development Trust) acts a bit like UCAS. EDT work with a wide range of UK Universities to arrange for a variety of taster courses in STEM subjects, not just engineering. You apply to EDT and they allocate the places on the University courses.
Encourage year 11 girls to apply for the Inspire course to encourage them to consider a STEM career
There are still more males than females studying engineering and so this course is designed to be taken before a Headstart course in Year 12 and focuses on the soft skills (set against a science/technology project) so that pupils will learn essential key skills to use during their academic career, and throughout their professional and personal life. Warwick hosts an Inspire course each year. Competition for places is high so encourage your pupils to submit their application as soon as you can from 1st September each year and aim to submit applications before Christmas. There are some bursaries available to help out some families struggling to fund the course. See http://www.etrust.org.uk/headstart/inspire_year_11_girls_courses.cfm
Encourage year 12 pupils to apply for Headstart courses to encourage them to consider a STEM career
These University 4-day residential courses were first offered for engineering and have now expanded to include other STEM subjects including Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. If you have a pupil who loves science, technology and maths (STEM) subjects and is currently in Year 12 or Scottish S5 this will be ideal for them to help them make up their mind about their future career. Warwick hosts courses in both Engineering and Computer Science. Competition for places is high so encourage your pupils to submit their application as soon as you can from 1st September each year and aim to submit applications before Christmas. There are some bursaries available to help out some families struggling to fund the course. See http://www.etrust.org.uk/Headstart.cfm
Work experience and placements
The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) also provide opportunities to get work experience and placements.
Encourage year 12 to get invovled in the Engineering Education Scheme
These scheme provides 6 month real life STEM projects in industry help pupils focus on future careers, see http://www.etrust.org.uk/eese.cfm
After Year 13 encourage pupils to consider taking a year in industry before University
It is a great idea to 'try before you buy' and the perfect way to do this and earn money at the same time is take a year in industry before a University course. Pupills can apply as normal to University in their final year of 6th form or college via UCAS and ask to defer their place to the following year. One of the easiest ways to find a place is via the EDT's Year In Industry Scheme.
Encourage those taking a gap year to keep their mathematics skills fresh before University
If pupils obtain an industrial placement via EDT and are aiming for an Engineering course at University, EDT will help them sign up to Loughborough University's online course, LUMEN, which was designed with the Royal Academy of Engineering to help prospective engineering students keep their Mathematics skills up to date. Pupils can also apply for this if they have found their industrial placement via another route or if they are taking a gap year to travel. We think gap years are very valuable, but we have found that our students' maths skills can get a bit rusty - so we would recommend some homework!