Sea Cadets works with schools to offer a unique opportunity for Key Stage 3 pupils to get hands-on with engines, learning basic engineering principles.

The Marine Engineering Pathway (MEP) workshop delivers inspiring and relatable taster sessions into the world of engineering to UK schools, through specially designed lessons - aiming to encourage more young people to choose engineering compatible GCSEs and inspire them to develop a career focus on engineering


The MEP workshops support the PSHE and science curricula for England, Wales and Scotland and are aimed at pupils in KS3

The workshop focusses on buoyancy, exploring some of the scientific principles behind displacement, density, Newton’s 3rd Law and Archimedes Principle. In teams, pupils are tasked with designing and building a ship which is stable in the water while carrying as much cargo as possible. This practical task concludes in the pupils testing their ships and discovering which team has succeeded in carrying the most cargo whilst staying afloat!

As part of the delivery, the MEP team can supply a purpose-built engineering pod, allowing pupils to get hands-on with real life engines, further enhancing the learning experience.  



per cent of pupils find MEP sessions 'interesting'


per cent of pupils 'would like to do more marine engineering activities'


per cent of teachers reported that the session leader was interesting and knowledgable


“I really loved the workshop. I was thinking of a career in engineering, but didn’t think about the marine side. I found it interesting. It sounds like you can be really involved, and enjoy different experiences, which I like.”

Eimaan, Year 8

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After the session

We've found that pupil knowledge of marine engineering and careers, along with knowledge of the Sea Cadets increased dramatically (by approximately 40%) following the workshop.

Teacher knowledge of marine engineering, careers, and the Sea Cadets increased significantly following the workshop. The most striking increase was for teachers reporting that they ‘knew a lot’ about marine engineering, and marine engineering careers (74% respectively) following the session. Teachers’ knowledge of the Sea Cadets increased by over 50%.

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The reach of MEP

So far we’ve reached 7,000 students, and are on track to meet our target of 15,000 by 2019.

According to a survey carried out by Sea Cadets, 16% of students wanted to take triple science at GCSE, compared to 5% before the sessions. And 36% said they planned to study engineering; before the sessions, just over a quarter said the same.

Students enjoyed the balance between theory and practical application and engaged well with the process, developing their self-confidence, communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills”.

Andy Troup, Year Eight Tutor and Head of Science


We can offer schools up to two sessions. The sessions will be delivered by our experienced instructor and are available for up to 30 pupils. The workshops should take place in a classroom or similar. We require at least one member of the teaching staff from your school to be present during the sessions. 


Want to know more?

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, get in touch with the MEP team.

Email us, or call Sally Wilkinson on 07711368783.

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