Rethink Engineering 

The School of Engineering at UEA has a commitment to fostering a breadth of  talent from across the region. Our Outreach work includes a range of events and resources for students, parents/guardians, and educators.

With the expertise available at the Norwich Research Park and across the region, we nurture interest in engineering with robotics and 3D games workshops, summer schools, and other events. Our Outreach work is focused on encouraging and celebrating the present and future engineers of the world.

Upcoming Events

Scrapbot Olympics

Digitisation is happening! Digitisation uses our uniquely human ability to think and design to create new solutions for the world’s problems. If you find problems interesting and you like to know why things happen, digitisation is a great area to get into. To help you, we are providing eight schools with a free kit of electronics for groups of year 7-9 students to create a Robotic Olympian. All you need is your brains, your passion and some reclaimed materials to build it from. Robots will face a pantheon of four sporting contests to prove their worth:

  • Sumo
  • Hungry Hippos
  • Assault Course
  • Pinball

A design can enter any, or all, of the contests which will take place at Productivity East, the University of East Anglia on 15 June 2023. Email to get involved! Spaces are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.


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Explore Engineering Educators CPD session

This is a free, in-person continuous professional development (CPD) session taking place in summer. This event is ideal for secondary school teachers, trainee teachers and careers advisers. Post-16 and any secondary school staff are welcome to attend, regardless of role or discipline.

We are open to receive your registration now. Please complete this quick online form before 9am on 28 June 2023. Make sure to spread the word with colleagues.

Complete this quick form

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 1pm to 5pm, in Productivity East. You’ll explore our hub for engineering and technology located on UEA campus in Norwich. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible with step-free access throughout.

  • Learn how you can motivate your curriculum and inspire your students through the big societal challenges engineers are working to tackle.
  • Provide you with information and resources about pathways into engineering in higher education, and as a professional career. Resources are tailored to each secondary year group.
  • Learn from professional engineers about the skills they value, and what they wish they had known at school.
  • Show you the importance of joined-up thinking skills linking maths, physics, chemistry, biology, IT, engineering, D&T, and even art, to excel as an engineer.
  • Tour our facilities, showing how these skills are put into practice through modern collaborative robotics, and 3D printing.
  • Learn about the emerging trends in the future graduate employment landscape, and how to equip your students now to succeed later in a rapidly changing world.

We hope that by taking part in this CPD you will gain insights and knowledge that will support your own professional development and that you will be able to take back to your classroom to support student progression. We have mapped some of the key benefits against the teacher standards (TS), enabling you to demonstrate how the CPD will support your progression of the teacher standards.

  • Equip you with resources and knowledge needed to support students to discover the many pathways into engineering (TS1).
  • Gain confidence to inspire students to pursue STEM subjects and progress onto higher education.
  • Develop an understanding of the skills and subjects students will need in order to succeed in engineering further/higher education courses. (TS3).
  • Equip students with skills favoured in the future workforce and by the local (and beyond) engineering recruiters.
  • Deepen your subject knowledge as you understand the current and future challenges in engineering , and how to link this to your curricula (TS3).
  • Discover a range of real-world problems engineers are tackling that you can use to motivate, inspire, and engage students (TS4, TS8).
  • Develop an understanding of the interconnected thinking required for entering the engineering profession, and how this requires students to link knowledge across many STEM areas (TS1).

If you work at one of our outreach partner schools, you are eligible to apply for our staff cover fund to receive up to £250 for a cover teacher whilst you attend the event. To find out more please email

Outreach Partner School

Have you heard?

There is a big engineering and technology community keen to support and encourage students. The following organisations offer lots of engineering inspiration and useful resources: