Engineering for Beginners

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 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
A simple robot to make, plus robots in everyday life to investigate.


Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:
Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?

Flip Your Mat! 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?

Straw Scaffold 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water

Cool as Ice 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
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.