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Where’s the engineering in that? The theme Park

Discover the science behind your favourite theme park rides!

Where’s the engineering in that? The theme Park

Ever wondered about the science behind your favourite theme park rides?

Find out why rollercoaster cars don't need an engine, what calculations engineers need to do to get the car to the top of the ride and why understanding moments is important when you're building a pendulum ride.

Where's the engineering in that? involves engaging videos and follow-up PowerPoints aimed at students aged 11 to 14.


4 x 1-hour sessions each with a video and presentation. 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

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

Subjects and topics

    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • General engineering
    • Structures, construction and civil 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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

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Network Rail STEM Lab

Interact with Network Rail employees and engage in a range of STEM-related activities linked to the rail industry.

  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Offsite - Milton Keynes
  • Full day
  • Free

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