Engineering at Oxford College
Oxford College | Ages 15 - 17
Designed for students who wish to improve their English through the study of an academic subject, Engineering focuses on innovation, design and construction. Utilising both science and mathematics, Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles to solve real-world problems, such as in the construction of bridges, buildings, electronic circuits and mechanical design. It is also used to address critical issues in today’s global climate such as water and air pollution, and other such areas in the promotion of healthy ecosystems.
In our project lessons, students will look at such engineering challenges as the construction of bridges, towers, buildings, cars and airplanes and how fundamental principles (such as Newtonian and non-Newtonian physics, Lenz’s Law and Bernoulli’s Principle) determine the possibilities of such feats. We will also look at how leading engineers have applied style to functionality, in order to create such design icons as Faraday’s motor and Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes.
Thermodynamics is the physics of converting matter into energy, and as such is one of the most important principles used in all branches of engineering. This module explores the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and how these laws can be utilised in the design and construction of engines.
Mechanical engineering is a field of engineering which relies on several core engineering principles, such as thermodynamics, dynamics, mechanics and materials science. This module analyses how engineers utilise these core engineering principles in the construction of bridges and buildings. As part of this module, students will build their own models of weight-bearing bridges.
Understanding how materials behave dynamically in both fluid and air environments is crucial for the work of engineers. In this module, students will discover the science behind engineering in fluids, such as can be found in engines, printers and pacemakers. Students will also discover the engineering science which is used in designing flying objects.
Modules are given for example purposes and are subject to change.