Information for schools
Headstart Summer School students pose with the prosthetic arms they made in the bioengineering session
Staff demonstrate latest technology at Imperial Festival
Year 10 students brainstorm engineering solutions to global issues with the 2014 iGEM team
PhD student explains his research to members of the public at the Imperial Festival
Year 12 Sutton Trust students find out about biosensor research in the Department
Engineering Summer School students test out the oculus rift as part of the bioengineering session.
Y12 students on the final day of the Sutton Trust Summer School
Information for Schools
What is bioengineering?
Bioengineering is at the interface between engineering and medicine, by applying engineering skills we are able to solve biological and medical problems. In the Department we cover the three main areas of the discipline:
1. BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING:
Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.
2. BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING:
Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.
Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.
Talks in schools
A representative from the Department is happy to come out and do talk about bioengineering in a school. We are particularly keen to work with Y9-11 age groups as it provides us with the opportunity to speak about the importance of studying both maths and physics at A-level, which are our core required subjects.
Please contact the outreach manager to arrange a suitable date.
The Department presents annually at the HE advisors day organised by Imperial and is often invited to speak at UCAS events.
Key information for HE advisors
Maths and physics are core requirements for studying Biomedical Engineering at Imperial, so students should be encouraged to study these through to A-level (or equivalent). If you have students who are interested in both engineering and medicine, biomedical engineering may be exactly what they are interested in studying. If you want to know more about the biomedical engineering course at Imperial you are welcome to come and visit us or contact our admissions manager, Lorna StevensonLorna Stevenson
You can find out more about the Department at the Undergraduate Open Days in September and June each year. These include a stand in the Queens Tower Rooms and a Department session inc. tour. If you are interested in visiting Imperial outside of these times, please contact the admission manager, Lorna Stevenson
If you are unable to attend an open day please contact our admissions manager who will be able to arrange a date and time for you to visit the Department and find out more about the course.
The Department is involved in a number of Summer Schools annually, these include:
- Headstart (for Y12 pupils age 16-17)
- Engineering Summer School for 11-14 year old girls (Y7-Y9)
- Y10 Insights (for 14-15 year olds)
- Sutton Trust (for Y12 pupils age 16-17)
Bioengineering interventions will improve our everyday lives from diagnosing disease earlier, enabling the disabled and improving quality of life in old age. These accessible applications mean bioengineering is a great topic to get students more interested in science, technology, engineering and maths and its relevance to them. There are lots of resources available online but here are a few we would recommend.
|Primary school (age 5-11)||Secondary school (age 11-18)|
|Engineering adventures - a good introduction to engineering for primary age-group||Biobuilder - a good introduction to synthetic biology
|National STEM centre - lots of primary science and maths resources available||National STEM centre - lots of secondary science and maths resources available|
|I'm an engineer - suitable for primary and secondary age-groups||I'm an engineer - suitable for primary and secondary age-groups|
|BBC Learning - primary science resources||Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - lots of competitions and resources suitable for secondary age-group|
|Primary Engineer - an institute of engineering to inspire primary engineers||Secondary Engineer - an institute of engineering to inspire secondary engineers|
|Crest star - primary students can solve STEM challenges through practical investigation||Crest - enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work|