Engineering Summer School in Cambridge

ENGINEERING

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Engineering Summer School Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Engineering
  • Fee: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

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Cambridge Engineering Summer School Summary

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Essential to the development of every country, engineers have been at the forefront of innovation and problem solving. Through the application of complex mathematic and scientific principles, engineers are responsible for solving structural and technological problems rom creating the perfect cup of coffee to building a structure that will stand for centuries. Here, at the two-week Immerse Engineering programme, students between 16–18 years old will learn the skills necessary to lead innovation and use their imagination to design elegant solutions to challenging real-life problems.

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Students in the engineering summer school programme follow a comprehensive curriculum tailored to their individual interests. As they work through material, participants will cover everything from the most basic principle of material engineering to the complex laws governing thermodynamics and fluids. Additionally, students will be assigned a final project where they’ll be tasked with solving a challenging engineering problem of their choice.

Throughout this summer engineering programme, students will take live and study here, at a Cambridge University College. This exciting opportunity to live more independently is a great first step before students begin their undergraduate studies. By the time they return home, students will have learned both key engineering concepts as well gained some first-hand experience of university life.

Cambridge Engineering Summer School Summary

Engineering is a discipline at the forefront of innovation and problem solving. Through the application of complex mathematic and scientific principles, engineers are responsible for solving structural and technological problems from creating the perfect cup of coffee to building a structure that will stand the test of time. On the two-week Immerse Engineering summer school programme, participants aged 16-18 will learn the skills necessary to work creatively and use their imagination to design elegant and robust solutions to challenging real-life problems. Participants will explore a diverse range of undergraduate-level Engineering topics, providing a taster of what it’s like to study the discipline at university level.

Participants in the engineering summer programme follow a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of the most fascinating topics in Engineering. As they work through material, participants will cover everything from the most basic principle of material engineering to the complex laws governing thermodynamics and fluids. Additionally, participants will be assigned a final project where they’ll be tasked with solving a challenging engineering problem of their choice. The programme is an exceptional opportunity to explore a subject that is not typically explored at secondary school level.

Throughout this summer engineering programme, participants will live and study at a Cambridge University college. This exciting opportunity to live more independently is a great first step before participants begin their undergraduate studies. By the time they return home, participants will have learned both key engineering concepts, alongside gaining first-hand experience of university life.

Immerse is an inspirational academic engineering summer school programme in Cambridge for the intellectually curious

Engineering Summer School Key Benefits

Understand how diverse fields (visual arts, philosophy, and science) influence modern engineering

Learn how technology, and software in particular, is radically transforming the field of engineering

Work on personal projects, solve real-world problems, and present your solutions in class

Discuss the socio-economic impact and ethical implications of practicing engineering

Consider the real-life practicalities of modern design while reviewing a series of case studies

Learn to keep up with scientific literature and apply these new ideas to your work

Engineering Summer Course Topics Covered

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The two-week Engineering curriculum at Immerse will challenge you to think outside the box as you use science and math to solve complicated problems. Throughout, your tutors will support your learning, encouraging you to try new techniques and methods as you tackle difficult challenges. After a brief introduction to the field, you’ll quickly review key ideas (Newton’s three laws, kinematics, inertia, etc.) before moving on to high-level concepts usually not seen until your first year at university.

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For example, you’ll discuss the practical realities of material engineering, learning what makes solutions stable and structurally sound. Then, discover the exciting worlds of electrical and software engineering as you analyse the systems behind everyday objects. Finally, you’ll complete your programme by covering advanced topics — fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and bio-inspired engineering.

In your last few tutorials, you’ll also explore the practical realities of being an engineer. This means, among other things, learning how new discoveries affect your work, how the scientific community communicates, and how you can contribute your own ideas to the public discourse. You’ll be given the chance to work on a personal engineering project and present it to the class by the end of the programme.

Engineering Summer Course Topics Covered

The two-week Engineering summer school curriculum at Immerse will challenge participants to think outside the box, using science and maths to solve complicated problems. Tutors will support and guide participants through their learning, encouraging them to try new techniques and methods as they tackle exciting challenges. After a brief introduction to the field, participants will review key ideas (Newton’s three laws, kinematics, inertia, etc.) before moving on to advanced concepts usually not seen until the first year of university.

For example, participants will discuss the practical realities of material engineering, learning what makes solutions stable and structurally sound. Then, they will discover the exciting worlds of electrical and software engineering as they analyse the systems behind everyday objects. Finally, they will complete the engineering programme by covering advanced topics including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and bio-inspired engineering.

In the final academic sessions, participants will also explore the practical realities of being an engineer. This means, among other things, learning how new discoveries affect individual work, how the scientific community communicates, and how they can contribute their own ideas to the public discourse. Participants will be given the chance to work on a personal engineering project and present it to the class by the end of the programme.

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

2019 Engineering Summer School Course Outcomes

This engineering summer programme has been designed to be both a primer for undergraduate-level engineering theory, as well as providing students with an invaluable taste of university life. After two weeks living and studying on campus, students will return home having furthered their passion for engineering as well as learning more about themselves as independent learners.

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Upon entering the summer engineering programme, our tutors will assess each participant’s individual understanding and interests as they enter the program; they’ll then tailor the course material to meet the unique needs of each student. Throughout, programme material is delivered through lectures, hands-on activities, and an in-class presentation of student work designed to improve their ideas through receiving critical feedback from tutors and peers.

The two-week engineering summer school programme concludes with a final challenge that tasks students with designing a creative engineering solution to a problem they’ve selected. This final project helps students build on the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the programme and challenges them to make real, practical use of contemporary engineering theory.

By the end of this engineering programme students will have:

  • Examined the influence of engineering in everything from medicine to Hollywood’s special effects
  • Used cutting-edge discoveries in science to come up with innovative engineering solutions
  • Designed their own roadmap to reducing the UK’s 2050 emissions by 80%
  • Explored the reasons that the UK and US use different voltage levels (110V vs 220V)
  • Gained working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Discussed the history of electricity, the basics of circuit design, and ohm’s law
  • Fully understood the importance of safety, logistics, economics and contingency in the design process.
  • Explored key digital engineering concepts like logic gates, CMOS technologies, and digital signalling.

Students in this engineering summer course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

2019 Engineering Summer School Course Outcomes

This Engineering summer programme has been designed to be both a primer for undergraduate-level engineering theory, as well as providing participants with an invaluable taste of university life. After two weeks living and studying on campus, participants will return home having developed their passion for engineering as well as learning more about themselves as independent learners.

Our expert tutors will assess each participant’s individual understanding and interests as they enter the programme and subsequently tailor the course material to meet the unique needs of each student. Throughout the course, programme material is delivered through academic sessions, practical activities, and an in-class presentation of student work, designed to improve their ideas through receiving critical feedback from tutors and peers.

The two-week engineering summer school programme concludes with a final challenge that tasks participants with designing a creative engineering solution to a problem they’ve selected. This final project helps participants build on the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the Cambridge engineering summer programme and challenges them to make real, practical use of contemporary engineering theory.

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By the end of this engineering summer school programme participants will have:

  • Examined the influence of engineering in everything from medicine to Hollywood’s special effects
  • Used cutting-edge discoveries in science to come up with innovative engineering solutions
  • Designed their own roadmap to reducing the UK’s 2050 emissions by 80%
  • Explored the reasons that the UK and US use different voltage levels (110V vs 220V)
  • Gained working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Discussed the history of electricity, the basics of circuit design, and ohm’s law
  • Fully understood the importance of safety, logistics, economics and contingency in the design process
  • Explored key digital engineering concepts like logic gates, CMOS technologies, and digital signalling

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event
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Case Studies

Henry Tran, United Kingdom United Kingdom

2016 Engineering Alumnus

Henry participated in our Engineering programme in 2016. Here's what he has to say about his time with Immerse Education:

Since studying with Immerse I have really enjoyed my engineering life and am excited to see what the futures holds. I'm currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and hope to find an engineering work placement and complete the second year of my studies next.

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Immerse taught me that with an engineering degree one can pretty much enter any field of work they desire and even though I did not take Physics at A-level, Immerse helped me through my first year when my physics knowledge was lacking. It was a wonderful time I'd highly recommend it to anyone, you make friends for life whilst being mentally stimulated at the same time.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Ready to enrol?

The Engineering Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019 – Join Waitlist

21st July – 3rd August 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

11th – 24th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

The Engineering Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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