Keep Calm! I’m an Engineer!

Disaster has struck… The world as we know it has ended… But all is not lost as you take on the role of engineers in this hands on, creative, engineering workshop. 

“Keep Calm! I’m an Engineer!” sees participants engineering their way out of a series of challenges that a surviving population may face after an apocalypse. They will need to work as a team to think up ideas, plan and test their designs, and improve them based on what they find out.

sms presenter Ruth Perkins with BSL Interpreter Sarah Barnes. CC-BY-K.Cope

This workshop has problem solving and critical thinking at its heart, making it perfect for KS2 or KS3 students who find STEM subjects more challenging than their peers.

The workshop has been designed with deaf audiences in mind. If you are a deaf school or a school with an accompanying deaf unit, we will work alongside your staff and teachers to provide the required communication support. Alternatively, if you prefer, an external BSL interpreter can be arranged at additional cost.

“Keep Calm! I’m and Engineer!” was developed through a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award and is loosely based on the popular science book “The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World After an Apocalypse” by Professor Lewis Dartnell.

Learning Objectives

After taking part in the workshop participants should:

  • Have a better understanding of the importance of engineering.
  • Become familiar with some basics of engineering and how to apply them.
  • Understand the importance of the cyclical approach to design in engineering.
  • Ask. Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve, Ask… (and repeat).
  • Have increased confidence when facing tasks involving critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Recognise that there are multiple solutions to the same problem.

Booking Cost

Workshop cost depends on your distance from our nearest available presenter. We have offices in the North of England, South of England, and South Wales and our presenters are happy to travel all over the UK, and abroad, all year round, subject to availability.

0 to  40  miles –  
£550 + VAT

41 to  80  miles – £625 + VAT

81 to 120 miles – £710 + VAT

      < 121 miles – Contact us for a bespoke quote.

If you would like an external BSL interpreter this can be arranged at an additional cost.


  • In a school – 2 sessions, 90 minutes each.

Suggested audiences

  • Ideal for deaf audiences or those with hearing impairment
  • Ideal for audiences who finding STEM subjects challenging
  • 7 -13 year olds
  • Key Stage 2 and 3

Group Size

  • Maximum 15 participants

We will need the venue to provide

  • Tables
  • Access to water close by
  • Drinking water for the presenters
  • Communication support when working with deaf audiences (an external BSL interpreter can be arranged if required).
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      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
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      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
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