What are the Summer Schools?
The UKESF sponsored Headstart Summer Schools are five-day residential courses for Year 12/S5 school students who are studying subjects in science, technology, engineering and maths. They provide an opportunity for students to find out about degrees and careers in electronics and electronic engineering before they make their UCAS applications.
Who runs the courses?
The UKESF Summer Schools are provided and delivered jointly by:
- Sponsoring companies from the electronics industry
- The UKESF university partners
- The Science and Technology Facilities Council
Headstart is a well-established education programme that provides opportunities for school students to attend course at universities. Headstart is working with UKESF to promote the UKESF courses to schools and to manage the application and selection process for participants.
Companies from the electronics sector sponsor the UKESF Summer Schools and contribute to courses with talks on careers in electronics, the technological advances in the industry and the engineering challenges in design, technology and manufacturing.
The UKESF University Partners host the Summer Schools and contribute to the courses with talks and practical sessions typical of those delivered on electronics and electronic engineering degree courses.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is hosts visits to its facilities for students to see and learn about the application of advanced technologies to major science projects.
What does a typical programme include?
The programme for each Summer School will vary. Typically, participants could expect to be involved in:
- Design-build-and-test projects
- Practical problem solving activities
- Academic lectures
- Talks from industry experts and recent graduates
- Opportunities to meet with electronic engineers
- A visit to see electronics technology in action
- A programme of social activities in the evenings