Engineering the Future

Discover the world of engineering in our immersive two-week programme at our prestigious College Summer Schools. Designed for those with a keen interest in engineering, this course promises an exhilarating journey into the heart of the subject.

Throughout the course, you will focus on a variety of topics, ranging from robotics to aeronautics. We will explore the future of engineering together and investigate the challenges that the engineers of tomorrow await. But it doesn’t stop there!

Engage in lively discussions with guest speakers, showcase your newfound expertise in our Time To Shine Ceremony, present innovative solutions to engineering challenges to your peers, and hone essential interpersonal skills in a lively and enjoyable learning environment. Prepare to embark on a transformative journey that will leave you inspired, informed and ready to shape the future of engineering!


At a Glance

With its history, culture and record number of Nobel Prize winners, few places can capture your imagination as much as Cambridge, making it the perfect place to study Engineering this summer.

  • Price: £4,900
  • Ages: 15-17
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • English Level: B1+ (Intermediate and above)
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Academic Content: 25 Hours Per Week
  • Language Support: Included
  • Starting Dates: 7th July, 21st July, 4th August 2024
  • Location: Sancton Wood School, Cambridge


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What’s Included

✔ 25 hours of subject-specific academic content per week with an experienced subject tutor, delivered through interactive seminars and hands-on practical workshops

✔ Opportunities to apply and share this knowledge with your peers through dynamic group projects, culminating in the end-of-the-week Time to Shine Ceremony

✔ An action-packed programme of guest speakers and industry experiences each week designed to give you first-hand insight into your chosen field

✔ Dedicated academic coaching sessions designed to support you in applying for a UK university, whether that’s writing a personal statement or preparing for a presentation

✔ Numerous opportunities throughout your academic program to develop your English language skills, whether that’s building vocabulary to talk about your subject, or developing your speaking skills to present your Time To Shine project


Our approach to your learning

Subject + skills + language = success

At the core of our student-centered academic approach is a commitment to nurturing not just your subject knowledge, but also your communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills through interactive lectures, dynamic seminars, and hands-on practical workshops.

We also emphasise the development of your public speaking and teamwork through group work and our Time to Shine projects. And finally, our programme of engaging guest speakers and industry experiences brings real-world relevance to your learning. This immersive learning journey will empower you with the skills you need for success in the 21st century.


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Course Objectives

Over the course of this two-week programme, you will:

  • Receive an overview of the major themes of engineering, such as robotic, mechanical, construction and aeronautic engineering
  • Gain an insight into future trends in engineering, and the challenges that future engineers will face
  • Participate in Q&As with guest speakers from leading academics in the field of Engineering
  • Play an active role in our Time To Shine ceremony, presenting solutions of engineering challenges to your peers
  • Develop and apply core 21st-century skills through fun and engaging lessons, including critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration


The Time to Shine Project

Develop your public speaking skills. Share your passion. Inspire your classmates.

Today, giving great presentations are a vital skill for achieving academic and professional success. Our programmes reflect this by having the ‘art of presenting’ at the heart of their content, and allow you to discover new confidence when using English in public situations.

It’s more than just a chance to enhance your public speaking skills, though; it’s an opportunity for you to share your passion and subject knowledge with your fellow classmates. Through your presentations, you will become sources of inspiration, and encourage others to delve deeper into your subject.

Find out more about the Time To Shine aspect of our academic programme here.


The Time to Shine Project

Over the two-week programme, you will participate in two Time To Shine Projects.

Week One: Engineering Design Challenge

In the first week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will tackle an Engineering Design Challenge. They will work in teams to solve a real-world engineering problem, such as designing a sustainable energy-efficient building, creating a water purification system, or constructing a robotic vehicle for specific tasks. Students will go through the entire engineering design process, from problem identification and research to prototyping and testing. This project promotes creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, and practical engineering skills.

Week Two: Engineering Innovation Showcase

In the second week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will organise an Engineering Innovation Showcase. Each team will focus on a specific engineering innovation or emerging technology, such as 3D printing, renewable energy, or artificial intelligence. Students will research, develop prototypes, and create informative presentations and exhibits to showcase their chosen innovation. The showcase will be open to the school community, allowing students to share their discoveries and insights into the future of engineering. This project encourages innovation, presentation skills, and a deeper understanding of the role of engineering in shaping our world.


Industry Experience

Industry Experience

Dive deeper into your field beyond the classroom

Enhance your academic foundation with our comprehensive Industry Experience sessions. These sessions are both on-site, in which you will participate in workshops on-campus that are led by an industry professional and blend practical engagement with immersive learning, and off-site, in which students engage in excursions that complement your course content and will broaden your horizons.

Learning at SBC is about more than just theory; it’s about hands-on, tangible exploration. Dive into real-world engineering challenges, from crafting intricate designs to understanding the mechanics of flight. Our curated industry visits offer students an inside look at venues that have shaped the engineering narrative, ensuring that every trip complements the academic curriculum and offers real-world context.

In previous Industry Experiences, students attended workshops on AI and coding, and applied this knowledge to fly drones. They also had tours from graduate engineers at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, and visited The Centre for Computing History and IWM Duxford.


Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Leaders of today inspiring the Leaders of tomorrow

Every Wednesday morning, students can interact with leading professionals and academics. These sessions offer insightful discussions, expert views, and Q&A sessions that promote intellectual growth.

At SBC, our engineering course emphasises the need to blend time-honoured techniques of structures and machines with the innovative landscapes of digital automation, AI, and next-gen technologies. In our programmes at SBC’s Oxford and Cambridge colleges, we aim to mirror this expansive spectrum, giving students a panoramic view of engineering’s past, present, and future.

Engage in riveting discussions with guest speakers who are pioneers in areas ranging from AI to structural engineering. Their experiences and insights provide a 360-degree view of the ever-evolving world of engineering.


Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching

Stand out and shine

Whether you’re looking to apply for a UK university or just keen to make sure your university application is as strong as possible, our academic coaching sessions aim to ensure you stand apart from your peers. These workshops will not just focus on writing personal statements and preparing for university, but also help you to develop your public speaking skills, an integral skill for university courses.


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This was a great experience, I now know I really like the field of Engineering and for the future I know which major I will go into. This was great to put on my CV and a way to get to know everyone.

Siad, Student

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