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Keep calm! I'm an engineer!

Disaster has struck... but all is not lost! Take on the role of engineers in this hands-on, creative, engineering workshop.

Keep calm! I'm an engineer!

This engaging workshop is based on the popular science book “The Knowledge. How to rebuild the world from scratch” by Professor Lewis Dartnell. This book explores a post-apocalyptic world where the lucky survivors are forced to return to fundamental principles of engineering and science to rebuild civilization.

Students work in teams to think up ideas, plan and test their designs, and improve them based on what they find out. This workshop has problem-solving and critical thinking at its heart, making it perfect for students who find STEM subjects more challenging than their peers.

The workshop has been designed with deaf audiences in mind. If you are a deaf school or a school with an accompanying deaf unit, we will work alongside your staff and teachers to provide the required communication support. Alternatively, if you prefer, an external BSL interpreter can be arranged at an additional cost.


Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 15 participants. 


Prices for science made simple shows start at just £590+VAT for up to 3 performances. 

Dates and location

We have availability any day of the week and can travel anywhere in the UK.


Up to 2 90-minute sessions in a day.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • 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


  • Materials
  • Forces
  • States of matter

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Observing and measuring
  • Interpreting and communicating results
  • Evaluating

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.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • 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.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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

Good for a career in...

  • Construction
  • Design
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Transport
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