Department of Engineering

Outreach and schools

Year 9 Masterclasses at the Department of Engineering

Crane-making-fun This new initiative by the Department aims to enthuse, inspire and motivate year 9 students with an aptitude for maths.

Four Saturday classes will be held at the Department, one per month for 4 months during the Spring and early Summer terms. They will be led by experts in their field and will comprise hands-on activities together with the maths and science to explain the practical element. Up to 36 places are available for suitable students.

An innovative feature of this programme is that the invitation to participate in the Masterclasses is extended to a supporting adult for each year 9 participant. This adult could be a parent, carer, interested relative or teacher. We aim to provide a positive activity for teenager and adult to enjoy together.

Schools are invited to nominate students for this activity. The participants should be bright year 9 students with an aptitude for maths and science but this need not be formalised by exam results. The masterclasses aim to make the purpose of maths and science study apparent.

The schools invited to propose participants have been selected to fit the Widening Participation agendas for the Department and the University, with a strong focus on Norfolk coastal towns and female participation. In the first instance, each school will be limited to 3 student places so 12 schools will participate. For this activity, we are able to offer help with travel costs, price is not a barrier to participation.

For more information, including event dates, the nomination process and the risk assessment for this activity, email Maria Kettle,