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Teaching resources for schools

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Use these resources to introduce students to structural engineering and help them discover great career opportunities.

Teaching resources for primary level

Engineering concert - EngineeringUK

From EngineeringUK, a poster with four lesson acitivies that look at engineering carers involved in the staging of a music concert. 

Rochester Bridge Trust

Activity sheets, lesson plans and fun quizzes from the Rochester Bridge Trust.

ICE STEM activity book

An activity book covering four engineering topics aimed at pre-school and reception children. 

Crane challenge 

A crane building challenge from K'NEX with three difficulty levels and instructions for teachers. 

Bridge that gap challenge

A bridge building challenge from K'NEX with three difficulty levels and instructions for teachers.

Tower of strength challenge

A tower building challenge from K'NEX with three difficulty levels and instructions for teachers.

Spaghetti Structures 

A resource from the Science Museum on building spaghetti structures 

Teaching resources for secondary level 

After school club resources

A range of resources for Key Stage 3 students from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Build a dome

An acitivty from the Science Museum on the challenges of building a self supporting dome. 

This is engineering

Videos and case studies of young engineers from all backgrounds showcasing the engineering profession as a whole

Design and Shape the World

David Knight has worked on amazing projects accross the world from the Philippines to the UK. In our 'Design and Shape the World' leaflet he shares five reasons why structural engineering is a great career choice.

16 iconic structures

This download showcases 16 amazing feats of structural engineering from around the world.

What's it like being a structural engineer?

Three of our members explain what they do and why they love their work. A great way to show the face of modern engineering to your students.



Teaching at school stories and resources

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Going to university guide

A guide that defines structural engineering and explains how you can become a structural engineer.

Date – 29 May 2019
Author – IStructE
Price – Free
The Shard, London

Building Stories podcast

Learn the stories behind the Shard, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Basilica Cistern in this fascinating podcast series from Roma Agrawal FIStructE.

Date – 24 June 2019
Price – Free
Case Study
Reinforced "chocrete" diagram

Building with Chocrete

An education project challenges schoolchildren to make beams from “Chocrete” – a mix of chocolate and cereals.

Date – 5 April 2018
Author – Roger Faires
Price – Free
Case Study
Blue abstract blocks

Next Generation Design with Birmingham’s future engineers

Nick Von Behr describes a competition to find a new pavilion design for an amazing education initiative: Next Generation Design Brum.

Date – 31 July 2017
Author – Nick von Behr
Price – Free
Case Study
April Shackley

Challenging, rewarding, inspiring

April Shackley and Jade Purdy, Design Engineers at AKT II, describe their work with engineering education initiative, ScaleRule.

Date – 21 June 2018
Author – April Shackley MIStructE
Price – Free

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