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Pneumatic and Hydraulic Engineering

This practical engineering workshop demonstrates how pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used including making a hoist a hydraulic game!

Pneumatic and Hydraulic Engineering

In this workshop, students will build at least one pneumatic machine and one hydraulic game.

Students will extend existing knowledge about forces and develop an understanding of how engineers apply the principles in simple and complex machines.

Through led builds and a creative free build students learn by doing all day. They also get to showcase their work and play each other's games!

These engineering workshops are versatile, engaging and all link the National Curriculum and fulfill Ofsted criteria.


A full day’s workshop with a class (approx. 30 pupils) from £449. This can be split into 2 half-day sessions for 2 classes if the workshop is suitable.

The provider may charge for material costs, travel and accommodation depending on where you are located.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • 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
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms

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...

  • Aircraft
  • Construction
  • Energy
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