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Energy Quest

Energy Quest is a free workshop for students designed to unlock their inner engineer as they explore sustainable energy sources.

Energy Quest

Designed for secondary students aged 11 to 14 in England, Scotland and Wales, and run by a trained facilitator, Energy Quest will unlock students’ inner engineer as they explore sustainable energy sources.

Funded by Shell, this curriculum-linked, free workshop challenges young people to put themselves in the shoes of engineers to design a solution to power a mobile phone.

During an interactive workshop, students are immersed in a real-life situation and challenged to save the day. They get the chance to meet real engineers and are supported to explore their own skills sets as they learn to use the engineering design process.

Energy Quest is fully linked to the curriculum and students gain an understanding of a range of sustainable energy sources and the role engineers play in green energy/sustainable technology, how to generate energy, and how they can work.

The experience supports young people to join the dots between engineering skills, jobs and energy in a way that is relevant to them. Where possible, engineers will join the session to share how their personal passions led them to their role. These volunteers will also be ready to answer questions from students to bring engineering to life.

215,000 young people have taken part in 3150 sessions in 1,460 UK schools over the last six years this programme has been running. 


30 participants per workshop.


Energy Quest is a 2-hour workshop, delivered by a trained facilitator.


This workshop is designed to be delivered in schools, but can be delivered virtually if the need arises.

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

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

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:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

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:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • 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.

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

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