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Ever wondered ... what is nanotechnology? what academic engineers do? what it means to be an electrical engineer? how small is 'nano'? what is a vacuum? what is a 'high voltage'?

Our outreach aims to answer these questions, and many more, by introducing children, young people and the non-specialist wider public audiences to the fun and excitement of engineering in a university research environment with the ultimate hope of inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists. We promote electrical and electronics engineering within schools by running a variety of outreach activities designed to cultivate interest in engineering, alongside educating, enthusing and engaging with pupils about the subjects we teach and research. Through our range of outreach activities we aim to share our passion for science through educational and interactive activities.

Our outreach activities include:


Ran in association with STEM Team East, and hosted in Duxford Imperial War Museum, with facilities kindly provided for by the Ogden Trust, we run a Graphene Workshop at the annual The Engineering Festival. Come along and find out more!

In collaboration with local schools, we have established an annual one-day shadowing scheme. Hosted in the Electrical Engineering Division in the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University during the Easter half-term, and for a single school-selected year 11 applicant, the shadowing day offers valuable support for Arkwright Scholarships Trust applications.

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This page contains resources for schools to download and use.

Click for more information on the wider outreach activities in the Department of Engineering and the wider University.

Click here for further details on the Cambridge University Outreach Network.