Engineering for Beginners

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Engineering for Beginners

Engineers design, make and test things to see how they can be improved and made fit for purpose. Try some of these ideas, and see how maths can help.

Make Your Own Robot link

Make Your Own Robot 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A simple robot to make, plus robots in everyday life to investigate.

Helicopters link

Helicopters 

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?

Flip Your Mat! link

Flip Your Mat! 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?

Straw Scaffold link

Straw Scaffold 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water

Cool as Ice link

Cool as Ice 

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.

How the Velodrome Found Its Form link

How the Velodrome Found Its Form 

Stage: 4 and 5

The Velodrome was one of the most striking buildings in the London 2012 Olympic Park. This article explores how mathematics helped design the iconic building and its track.