Engineering Summer School Programme Overview:
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course Type: Residential
Locations: Cambridge University colleges
See more on our Cambridge Engineering Summer School for Ages 16-18.
Cambridge Engineering Summer School Summary
Engineering is a discipline at the forefront of innovation and problem-solving. Through the application of complex mathematic and scientific principles, engineers are responsible for solving structural and technological problems from creating the perfect cup of coffee to building a structure that will stand the test of time. On the two-week Immerse Engineering summer school programme, participants aged 16-18 will learn the skills necessary to work creatively and use their imagination to design elegant and robust solutions to challenging real-life problems. Participants will explore a diverse range of undergraduate-level Engineering topics, providing a taster of what it’s like to study the discipline at the university level.
Participants in the engineering summer programme follow a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of the most fascinating topics in Engineering. As they work through the material, participants will cover everything from the most basic principle of material engineering to the complex laws governing thermodynamics and fluids. Additionally, participants will be assigned a final project where they’ll be tasked with solving a challenging engineering problem of their choice. The programme is an exceptional opportunity to explore a subject that is not typically explored at the secondary school level.
Throughout this summer engineering programme, participants will live and study at a Cambridge University college. This exciting opportunity to live more independently is a great first step before participants begin their undergraduate studies. By the time they return home, participants will have learned both key engineering concepts, alongside gaining the first-hand experience of university life.
Immerse is an inspirational academic engineering summer school programme in Cambridge for the intellectually curious.
Engineering Summer School Key Benefits
Understand how diverse fields (visual arts, philosophy, and science) influence modern engineering
Learn how technology, and software, in particular, is radically transforming the field of engineering
Work on personal projects, solve real-world problems and present your solutions in class
Discuss the socio-economic impact and ethical implications of practising engineering
Consider the real-life practicalities of modern design while reviewing a series of case studies
Learn to keep up with scientific literature and apply these new ideas to your work
Engineering Summer Course Topics Covered
The two-week Engineering summer school curriculum at Immerse will challenge participants to think outside the box, using science and maths to solve complicated problems. Tutors will support and guide participants through their learning, encouraging them to try new techniques and methods as they tackle exciting challenges. After a brief introduction to the field, participants will review key ideas (Newton’s three laws, kinematics, inertia, etc.) before moving on to advanced concepts usually not seen until the first year of university.
For example, participants will discuss the practical realities of material engineering, learning what makes solutions stable and structurally sound. Then, they will discover the exciting worlds of electrical and software engineering as they analyse the systems behind everyday objects. Finally, they will complete the engineering programme by covering advanced topics including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and bio-inspired engineering.
In the final academic sessions, participants will also explore the practical realities of being an engineer. This means, among other things, learning how new discoveries affect individual work, how the scientific community communicates, and how they can contribute their own ideas to the public discourse. Participants will be given the chance to work on a personal engineering project and present it to the class by the end of the programme.
Engineering Summer School Course Outcomes
This Engineering summer programme has been designed to be both a primer for undergraduate-level engineering theory, as well as providing participants with an invaluable taste of university life. After two weeks of living and studying on campus, participants will return home having developed their passion for engineering as well as learning more about themselves as independent learners.
Our expert tutors will assess each participant’s individual understanding and interests as they enter the programme and subsequently tailor the course material to meet the unique needs of each student. Throughout the course, programme material is delivered through academic sessions, practical activities, and an in-class presentation of student work, designed to improve their ideas by receiving critical feedback from tutors and peers.
The two-week engineering summer school programme concludes with a final challenge that tasks participants with designing a creative engineering solution to a problem they’ve selected. This final project helps participants build on the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the Cambridge engineering summer programme and challenges them to make real, practical use of contemporary engineering theory.
By the end of this engineering summer school programme participants will have:
Examined the influence of engineering in everything from medicine to Hollywood’s special effects
Used cutting-edge discoveries in science to come up with innovative engineering solutions
Designed their own roadmap to reducing the UK’s 2050 emissions by 80%
Explored the reasons that the UK and US use different voltage levels (110V vs 220V)
Gained working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
Discussed the history of electricity, the basics of circuit design, and ohm’s law
Fully understood the importance of safety, logistics, economics and contingency in the design process
Explored key digital engineering concepts like logic gates, CMOS technologies, and digital signalling
Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.
The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.
A typical day
08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30 Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00 Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15 Dinner
19:30 - 22:00 Evening social event
Start the day with either a continental or cooked breakfast in the college dining hall. A wide variety of breakfast items helps participants prepare for the challenging day ahead.
Henry Tran, United Kingdom
2016 Engineering Alumnus
Henry participated in our Engineering programme in 2016. Here's what he has to say about his time with Immerse Education:
Since studying with Immerse I have really enjoyed my engineering life and am excited to see what the futures hold. I'm currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and hope to find an engineering work placement and complete the second year of my studies next.
Immerse taught me that with an engineering degree one can pretty much enter any field of work they desire and even though I did not take Physics at A-level, Immerse helped me through my first year when my physics knowledge was lacking. It was a wonderful time I'd highly recommend it to anyone, you make friends for life whilst being mentally stimulated at the same time.
Graduation & Participant Assessment
The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner.
Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.
We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are a crucial element of the learning process and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education.