You can bring structural engineering into the classroom in a fun and meaningful way by using our various teaching resources.
The Institution of Structural Engineers' Educational Trust has worked together with Expedition Engineering to create instant lessons which teachers can simply download and use.
These include a bridge builders teacher pack, an engineering map, a bridge building competition, an interactive fact file on materials, as well as a bridge investigation project.
To take advantage of these resources, simply download the information found in the above links.
Structural engineering for beginners (in conjunction with Young Members Panel)
Structural engineering for beginners is a powerpoint presentation you can use to introduce the topic of structural engineering to a class, covering all the basic elements in an interesting and engaging presentation format.
Use this on its own or in conjunction with practical exercises to inspire the class choose a career in structural engineering.
Download the Structural engineering for beginners or request a copy by contacting the membership department.
Building the London Eye (in conjunction with Jacobs Babtie)
Although the Eye's design looks complicated, many of the technical demands are perfectly understandable from topics taught in schools within mathematics and physics at both GCSE and A level. Slides and notes within the presentation show the practical relevance of subjects taught on the curriculum. Highlighted are the differing disciplines required to create the Eye and the career paths pupils may choose to adopt depending on their particular interests.
Download the Building the London Eye presentation or request a copy by contacting the membership department.
Engineering for everyone (in conjunction with Arup)
Engineering for everyone takes university engineering students into local primary schools to talk about structural engineering. The lesson format is in three sections:
Firstly a 20 minute presentation asking the children for their ideas about what engineers do and why the engineer's role in society is important.
The children are split into groups and given an engineering student to guide them with the design and construction of a bridge to span 50cm between tables using only two sheets of A1 card, sellotape, string and their own creativity for resources.
The lesson concludes with a competition that marks the bridges for aesthetics, general design and load-carrying capacity. All children are awarded prizes and certificates.
For further information about the scheme please contact Arup or download a copy of the Engineering for everyone presentation.
Structural mechanics of a park bench (in conjunction with Bartlett Kendall Associates)
Prepared for Year 9 students, the activity demonstrates the relevance of mathematical and scientific theory to a real-life problem and showing how the combination of science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be considered as structural engineering. It can be readily used by teachers with minimal preparation.
For further information about the project download a copy of the structural mechanics of a park bench activity.
Maths, Physics and DT teaching modules (in conjunction with the Educational Trust and the University of Cambridge)
A series of teaching packs (Stadium Roof Design, Bridge Design, and Tall buildings ) have been produced which can be freely downloaded by teachers. Each pack contains a Maths lesson, a Physics lesson and a DT lesson, each of which is designed to take about an hour, and it is intended that everything the teacher needs is included in each pack, so they can be used as stand-alone material. If local engineers can be persuaded to come in and assist the teachers, it would do no harm!
To download a copy of the teaching modules, visit the University of Cambridge website.
To help inspire the class, why not print off one of our posters or email us if you would like a small quantity?
Iconic structures - some of the world's most famous buildings and landmarks, complete with factual information on each
Fascinating facts - some interesting facts about structural engineering