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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:12 pm 
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My son starts GCSE course this year, he is very interested in Engineering, so I am trying to find some sort of Engineering course or activity for him to do in summer holiday ( perhaps next summer if not too early ), two or three years ago, I read one thread talk about this kind of summer schools and were very popular, they aim for Year 9,10,11 and 12, I think.

I tried to search again but with no luck, maybe somebody out there can help me out?

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:16 pm 
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there are the chemistry camps http://www.salters.co.uk/camps/ while not strictly engineering, they are sponsored by the insittute of chemical engineers (amongst others).

or this one: http://processengineering.theengineer.c ... 15.article


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:00 pm 
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http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/scien ... d-colleges

There is this opportunity too - aimed at Year 12 but worth knowing about.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:15 pm 
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Try this website

http://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:40 pm 
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My son has been going to these camps for the last 2 years all tech based but there is a sort of progression through the years and they get really good experience of building laser tag guns rockets and radio controlled planes DS loves them:

http://www.techcamp.org.uk/

ages up to 16 and then i think 6th formers can go as helpers

good luck


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:20 pm 
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Thank you guys so much for the replies, that's exactly what I am looking for--brilliant!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:13 am 
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Another possibility

http://www.etrust.org.uk/headstart.cfm


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:14 pm 
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bit of a late reply but
http://www.etrust.org.uk/headstart/courses.cfm

which was recommended Arkwright (well they offer to pay for it when they awarded my daughter a scholarship).

however the earlier you reply the more chance you have of a place.

the main problem is they can be in term time, depending what your school does after as's
Steve

oops was getting this mixed up with the A level forum.. but they do do things for 11-16s
http://www.etrust.org.uk/top_tabbed_nav ... udents.cfm

also check to see if your school does arkwright,
http://www.arkwright.org.uk/
you'd need to apply in year 11 and it can be pretty useful if you can get one.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:00 pm 
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I recommend this if you are near London. They have a residential option too for the week.

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/outreach/act ... merschools

My daughter did the Intermediate Chemistry in July and on the final day they had a plenary exhibition. The exhibition included various other groups together including Engineering. They have a fantastic program "which engineering", most of the kids on that program said was they thought they were interested in a particular type of engineering field and found out through the course its not really the branch they wanted.

My daughter also did the Salter's Chemistry challenge, the one day one. The camps are for much older kids, the downside is you need to be nominated by the teacher I think and they fill out pretty quickly in certain areas. You need to keep checking on their website for 2013 dates. The told us that should be up sometime end on November.

The two however also serve different purposes and it depends what you want. Salter's is heavily subsidised and free in some cases and they aim to attract bright kids from disadvantaged backgrounds too. When we went it was pretty mixture of all schools from the inner city London schools to Whitgift. Imperial on the other hand is expensive and seem to be more for kids who are pretty much heading off for Russell Universities. There were a handful of international students too. Most of the kids here are really on top of their game, the standard is incredibly high. I hope that gives you a comparison of the two. Imperial does have some fully funded ones and I don't know how these compare. The one I am talking about is the STEM World Summer School.

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