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Experience Engineering with Group Projects

Engineering a Sustainable Future

University of Warwick Summer Work Experience - July 2024

Further details about the event

Year Group: Year 10

Dates: Monday 8 July–Friday 12 July 2024

Timings: 9.00am –3.00pm (subject to change)

Location: University of Warwick campus CV4 7AL

Travel: This event is non-residential and students will need to travel to and from the University of Warwick each day.

Cost: This work experience opportunity is free of charge to all participants, including all materials needed and lunch/refreshments each day.

A person working with a robotic arm

What is it?

The WMG Department in collaboration with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at the University of Warwick are offering a unique summer opportunity for Year 10 students from the West Midlands looking to pursue a future in science and engineering.

This 5-day work experience in July 2024, will allow students to gain hands on work experience of working directly on a variety of university research projects and provide insight into studying at a top university. The University of Warwick is an exciting place to study and work and the WMG department uses science, engineering, technology and maths to innovate and create products that will shape the future. We work on things like self-driving cars, meta-materials, batteries for electric planes, digital devices for health, to cyber security, making materials more sustainable, and so much more. Our engineers want to share their expertise with you over this 5-day project-based work experience.

Find out about sustainability, engineering, and the technology we are building to create a green future. You will be working in a team led by an engineer to create a demonstration of a sustainable technology.

A person in a protective suit pouring molten metal

What will you be doing?

This work experience model is based on groups of students working on a project over the course of the event. Each project will link to an area of WMG research.

Examples of projects that may be available this summer are*:

  • Building a model solar cell that tracks the sun across the sky
  • Building a model turbine for wind power generation
  • Designing a model vehicle to overcome obstacles and terrain
  • Automating battery manufacture
  • Creating a model smart city
  • Programming model vehicles to use sensors to drive like autonomous vehicles will in the future

*actual projects run at the event will vary year on year.

You will also have a chance to hear from industry experts in engineering, who are shaping the future that we will all live in. If you want to ask an expert how to get into engineering -this is your chance!

How can I sign up?


To apply for this opportunity, students must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Currently a Year 10 student
  • Interested in pursuing a career in science and engineering
  • Agreement to attend from a parent/carer
  • Support from your teacher
  • Able to attend the five day programme at the University of Warwick

You must also meet at least one of our Widening Participation criteria:

  • In receipt of, or within the last six years has been eligible for, free school meals.
  • Living, or has lived in, local authority care.
  • Has caring responsibilities (young carer).

Information for Teachers

Applications can be put forward by a teacher for their selected eligible students by forwarding them this link


We are expecting a high number of applications for this event, therefore each application will be assessed and places offered based on both meeting the eligibility criteria and on the quality of the student’s personal statement.

Once a student’s application form is submitted, the nominated teacher and parent/carer will immediately receive a link for completing a verification form. The closing date for applications is TBC. We will contact applicants and their respective schools in June to inform them as to whether they have been successful.

If any difficulties are experienced, or if you have any questions about the programme, please do not hesitate to contact the team at

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Quick links

Information for teachers


Quick details

Deadline for applications: TBC

Date: Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2024

Location: University of Warwick, Coventry

Open to: Year 10 students