Welcome to NMITE's Summer of Discovery

We're taking you on a journey.
This is engineering, just not as you know it...

Our series of Summer of Discovery workshops have been designed to engage, excite and introduce you to the world of integrated engineering.

Through these workshops you can expect countless opportunities to meet our passionate team, interact with us through live events, and experience the learning and life of an NMITE student. Find out what's on offer and explore the four themes of NMITE's Summer of Discovery below. 

Under-16s wishing to book on to any of NMITE's Summer of Discovery events should please contact us here.

What's on offer:

Explore the Why

The Wyes and Wherefores of Engineering

NMITE will help you to understand the importance of an interdisciplinary approach – and the opportunity this brings. With a focus on ethical and sustainable engineering, these workshops will guide you through the journey of becoming an NMITE changemaker – and why a context considered approach is considered vital when faced with our ever-changing world.

Make It Happen

It’s time to get involved.

With COVID-19 restrictions steadily lifting, NMITE will be facilitating practical, engaging and most importantly, fun sessions that highlight our hands-on and collaborative approach. Think community-based activities and buggy-building sessions where you can come along and experience real-world learning, the NMITE way.

Meeting of Minds

Explore the past, present and future.

Your opportunity to listen, interact and even debate live with our mindfully selected online speakers and our knowledgeable academics covering a variety of topics as we look towards the future of engineering. Within this series, we’ll also be launching our ‘one book, one Hereford’ initiative.

Discover NMITE

A window into our world.

Visualise our approach, meet our people, learn about our subject areas and begin to understand our educational philosophy. You can engage with NMITE through a variety of open days, Meet Us Online events, role model sessions and join us in counting down to the arrival of our first students. NMITE's Pioneer Cohort. 

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Follow an accessible smart house project

launching 14th June – online

Follow this exciting local project through the NMITE blog. Between 14th June and 14th August, somewhere in Herefordshire an ecohouse will be built by students. Using smart control, renewable energy technologies and energy efficient design (with a little NMITE advice along the way), this will be a lovely new accessible home for a local family.

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Meet Us Online

16th June, online

Complete your registration for your virtual visit with us today. Our Meet Us Online event will feature live talks from key NMITE spokespeople and our Academic Team; you will be given the opportunity to further explore achieving your Engineering Undergraduate Master's Degree in just 3 years.

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Learn to Code in 2 hours

18th June 10am –12 noon, online

Never done any programming? Want to learn why programming is a useful skill to develop? Join this online session and learn to use Python, one of the world’s most popular languages. In this interactive session, you’ll start by learning the core concepts of what a program is. Then finish by writing a computer game, based on landing a module on Mars. All you need is a computer and reasonable internet access. You don’t need to install any programs on to your computer, we will be using an online site.

Tickets Remaining: 10

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Picture an engineer - challenging perceptions of engineering

24th June, 4pm-5:30pm - online

Challenging perceptions of engineering.

To engineer: to work artfully to bring about something.

An engineer: an ingenious person who designs and makes things.

Engineers come in all shapes, sizes and genders! As part of the NMITE Summer of Discovery and for International Women in Engineering Day, we celebrate the diversity of engineering. When you picture an engineer, what do you see? When you think of engineering, what do you imagine? Engineering and technology are needed to solve the global problems coming our way. Engineers and technologists are needed in all sectors from transport and construction, food production, medicine, humanitarian actions, digital tech, robotics, energy, cybersecurity, and even the creative industries.

Come to this event, supported by Spectris, to discover stories of engineers who happen to be women. Teenagers and grownups welcome!

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Become A Changemaker

30th June, 4.30 - 6pm - online

Passionate about equality and social justice issues? You can be a Changemaker and make a difference.

In partnership with Rural Media, this online workshop for young people will help you learn how to become more involved in equality and social justice campaigning, not only at a local level, but nationally and globally as well. Inspirational speakers with rich experience in this area will share their stories and knowledge. They will help to show you how to get your voice heard, have influence, and take action.

Tickets Remaining: 30

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What is industry 4.0 and how can it help my manufacturing business?

July 6th / 10am-11am – online

Industry 4.0 is here, and it is part of modern manufacturing. The automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices is achievable with currently available technologies. Machines can be interconnected, self-monitoring, analyse and diagnose any issues to optimise the production in real time. The phrase “Automate or perish” is very harsh, but is it true? What does it mean for your business? As part of the development of our new Centre of Automated Manufacturing we would like to invite you to this discussion where our panel of experts will present their experiences and answer your questions.

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Intriguing Young Minds 

7th and 8th July at Bishops School (Private Event)

As part of our Summer of Discovery, NMITE will be spending time with students from Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School (BSHB).

NMITE academic staff will visit the school to provide a hands-on learning activity during science classes. The 2-hour engineering learning activity will require the students to use their problem-solving experience, teamwork and communication skills, while NMITE staff will support each team to create and test their solution of a mini-challenge.

A discussion session will follow where the students will talk about their experience, how well they did and what they have learned.

If you're interested in having an NMITE academic host an activity at your school, college or organisation, contact us. 

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Jesse Norman in conversation with.....Paul Stein

July 16th, 11am - online

NMITE is delighted to host Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, in conversation with Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer at Rolls Royce plc. Rolls Royce is a global leader in aerospace and defence, and Paul has the challenging and exciting remit of both of anticipating and shaping technologies of the future. Join this session to listen in on a wide-ranging discussion about challenges, opportunities and futures in one of the UK’s most recognised engineering brands.

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Meet Us Online

16th July, online

Complete your registration for your virtual visit with us today. Our Meet Us Online event will feature live talks from key NMITE spokespeople and our Academic Team; you will be given the opportunity to further explore achieving your Engineering Undergraduate Master's Degree in just 3 years.

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Jesse Norman in conversation with.....Brian Cox

July 22nd, 12pm - online

NMITE is delighted to host Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, in conversation with Professor Brian Cox, physicist and broadcaster. A passionate and vocal advocate for science and engineering, Brian has inspired many young people to follow scientific careers. Join this fascinating session to listen in to a conversation about unconventional career pathways and the need for more, and more flexible routes into science and engineering.

Tickets Remaining: 100+

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 Exploring the Why

launches 20th July, working at your own pace over 4 days - online

Take a virtual and interactive trip along Hereford’s river to uncover the “Why” behind engineering innovations.

Exploring the Why lets you discover the importance of engineering in creating a sustainable future for our communities. With videos, quizzes, discussions, and reflections it focuses on four themes: Feeding the World, A Healthy Planet, Shaping the Future, and Living in Harmony.

Tickets Remaining: 100+

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Build It.

28th July 10am – 3pm - NMITE, Blackfriars St., Hereford

Get practical hands-on experience to understand the engineering basics of key areas of everyday life and the future of our planet.

Three topics are on offer to choose from:

Solar panel workshop:

Ever wondered just what goes on inside a solar panel? Stumped by Watts, Amps and Volts? Fascinated by the future of power? Spend a day with us and walk away with a solar panel built from scratch with your own hands – ready to charge your phone – and all your questions answered.

There is a cost of £10 for this workshop to cover cost of materials. Concessions available. Minimum age 16. Tickets Remaining: 15

Repurposing End-of-Life Plastic Waste:

Can we reuse plastic waste and turn it into something useful that will generate energy from a renewable source? Spend time shaping, joining, and assembling a micro wind turbine to generate electrical power using plastic waste material. We will explore practical ways of bringing sustainable design into our everyday life using existing materials.

Minimum age 16. Tickets Remaining: 15

Control & Coding Workshop:

Want to get a little insight on how we control machines and buildings (including all those smart home gadgets)? Fascinated by the world of coding? Spend half a day with us and develop your technical skills in this exciting new world. Learn in a safe environment with all your questions answered. No previous knowledge required.

Minimum age 16. Tickets Remaining: 15

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Meet NMITE at the Military to Business Event

29th July - Hereford Racecourse

Are you a veteran, or a family member of a military leaver? Come and meet NMITE and many other organisations at the Herefordshire Military to Business event - explore educational offerings for military leavers and their families, see successful businesses set up by veterans, learn about  career pathways for military leavers in local businesses, and network with other people walking the same path.

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Community Day

1st August, 12-4pm - NMITE, Blackfriars St., Hereford

Welcome to NMITE! Come inside and see what we have to offer. Not only can you look around our new facilities but there will be hands-on activities for people and families of all ages. Engrave a keyring, tackle our escape activity, have a look at what and how we teach.

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Maverick Challenge

2-5th August, 10-4 each day - NMITE, Blackfriars St., Hereford

Want to develop your hands-on skills to tackle an important challenge? Well, imagine you live in a remote rural area where you need to deliver emergency drugs across rocky terrains with landmines.

This activity week gives you the opportunity and support to design, build and test a ground vehicle that could do this important work. We’ll help you think through what obstacles your vehicle has to avoid, how you can keep your vehicle stable, how it can carry the medical supplies.

This is a family/accompanied activity and we welcome teams of 2 where a young person aged 8- 17 is accompanied by a responsible adult. Children, bring a parent! Grandchildren, bring a grandparent!

Please register as a team rather than individually. Minimum age 8, plus an adult.

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NMITE’s Centre for Advanced Timber Technology as a Living Lab

4th August, 09.00 - 10.30am, online

We’ve been hard at work consulting with stakeholders about the focus of our Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) at the Skylon Park Enterprise Zone, Hereford. Join us online for an update on progress, plans and the steps we are taking to promote the CATT building as a ‘living lab’ approach, as well as a valuable venue for education and skills development.

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