Engineering Development Trust
Engineering Development Trust
Year 12 Headstart STEM course at University of Cambridge. This 5 day residential summer school, will give students a taster of Material Science at Engineering Development Trust

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Headstart Course at University of Cambridge

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Event Summary:

Year 12 Headstart STEM course at University of Cambridge. This 5 day residential summer school, will give students a taster of Material Science

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This course at the University of Cambridge is designed to give you an insight into Materials Science and a flavour of what life is like as an undergraduate here. You’ll be based in Churchill College but attend lectures and carry out practical work at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

What's it all about?

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary subject, which combines elements of physics, chemistry, engineering and even biology. We study how the properties of a material are affected by its structure and the way it has been processed, and the subject has applications in every aspect of our daily lives, from computer chips to prosthetics and from buildings to clean energy.

Materials Science at Cambridge forms part of the Natural Sciences Tripos, which enables students to experience a wide range of subjects during their first two years of study.

What will I be doing?

Academic staff and students will introduce you to a range of Materials Science activities which will include:

• lectures on a variety of topics, such as atomic structure, mechanical properties, and biomedical materials
• hands-on practical sessions where you will carry out experiments similar to those performed by undergraduates
• team projects
• admissions information

Would this course suit me?

If you would like a challenging and intensive Headstart course covering a range of Materials Science topics, then this is for you.

What do I need to be suitable?

A good understanding of maths and science will enable you to appreciate all aspects of Materials Science. To study for a Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge University requires the highest academic grades and a passionate interest in science – this Headstart course reflects these requirements.

There is a fee to attend this course, but some bursaries are available.

Applications need to be made by students.

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
Individuals (Enquiry not required to be through a school)


5-7 Days

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Institution Profile:

EDT (Engineering Development Trust), offer young people active
learning experiences in STE(A)M related careers, giving them the
opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure that will help them make
decisions about their future.

EDT is a dedicated, nationwide charity with over 30 years of experience.
Our team work with over 1,300 schools and educational institutions to
deliver more than 40,000 STE(A)M experiences each year.

Our summer school university taster programmes allow students to
experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects at
various universities around the UK to find out more about these exciting
career options.

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