Engineering Challenge Days

Competitive, Challenging and Inspiring

Give your students the chance to be aerospace engineers for the day from the design stage all the way to presenting a working model to the customer.

This competitive day is designed to raise awareness of Engineering as a career and will include an introductory talk from an industry representative, in the past this has included the Chief Engineering Officer in the Fleet Air Arm.

The day encourages students to work on a breadth of skills from technical and practical skills to communication and teamwork.  All challenges set will include aspects of simple mechanics and electrical circuits and will involve the students purchasing materials, from a pop-up shop, to build their model from scratch.

Mentors available during the day will include current engineers and museum volunteers. 

Key Details

  • Free to secondary schools*. It is a sponsored event.
  • Schools must pre-register by completing the registration form. See link below.
  • Schools bust be available to stay for the whole day from 0930 to 1530.
  • 6 pupils per team with a maximum of 2 teams per school.
  • Challenge dates are available for Key stages 3,4 and 5 throughout the school year. We aim to run 2-3 days per term depending on staff availability.
  • A short tour of the museum, relevant to the Engineering task, will be included as part of the challenge.

*Due to popular demand for these days we have introduced a cancellation fee of £60 for groups that cancel within 14 days before the event.  There will be no charge to groups that cancel outside of this period


Dates for Engineering Challenge will be published in June each year along with the registration dates.   Download your registration form by following the link in the table below. 

Teachers on the mailing list will be contacted when registration opens. If you are interested on being entered onto our mailing list for the next Engineering Challenge dates, please register your interest by emailing

Engineering Challenge dates 2019

Challenge Dates

Registration Dates and Forms


15th May 2019 KS3 challenge



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 17th May 2019 KS3 Girls only event



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