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EPIC Engineers

Explore careers in transport infrastructure and develop the skills to become EPIC (Extraordinary People Initiating Change).

EPIC Engineers

The Lowdown

Our full-day workshop highlights the ‘EPIC’ nature of the challenges that engineers face and showcases the creative, technology-driven solutions used in the railway and transport infrastructure industries.

Activities include practical engineering design challenges and opportunities to explore the latest technology in augmented reality on tablet devices. Workshops are led by an experienced facilitator and supported by volunteers from the transport infrastructure sector, who help to relate the activities to real-life work situations.

Students will learn about and reflect on their essential skills throughout the day and improve their knowledge about sustainability, design and construction as they work in teams to complete the following engineering challenges:

Joining the team: Use an augmented reality app to explore different career roles.

Stations of the future: Design a railway station of the future, considering future trends and the needs of diverse customers.

Tunnel builders: Build a railway tunnel structure and test its stability.

Rail Rush! boardgame: Make key strategic, ethical and cost-based decisions to build a new rail network for Britain.

 

Capacity

Minimum of 45 participants, maximum of 60 participants.

Dates and Location

We are able to offer this workshop to 5 schools in Birmingham and 5 schools in Manchester. The workshop is designed for a group of 60 students in year 7 to year 9 (11 to 14 years old). When adapting for SEND groups we can consider working with older students and/or a smaller group size.

Duration

This is a one-off full day workshop. We ask for 2 members of school staff to be present throughout the day.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Gatsby benchmark hitter

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Subjects

  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Physics

Topics

  • Design/Art/Fashion
  • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
  • Transport

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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