What can an engineer learn from biology?

Ant hill

Credit: Elroy Serrao

That's the question Prof Jon Timmis from the University of York is going to ask in his lecture at 7.30pm on 28 Februray 2017.

His talk is part of a mini-series of lectures on Engineering in the 2017 lecture programme and will explore the exciting interaction between biology and engineering. Prof Timmis will discuss how ants can be inspiration for the design of “swarm” robotic systems, how the protection afforded by the immune system can be used to inspire the creation of self-healing robots and how the evolutionary process can be used to potentially inspire the design of self-sustaining, robotic systems.

So whether you are interested in Biology, Engineering or even Medicine and Philosophy, this talk might be an interesting way to see what lies beyond the boarders of one specific subject.

For more information visit the Yorkshire philosophical society website.

Date posted: 

Thursday 2 February 2017


Sutton Trust Summer Schools (Year 12)

Bodley's Court lawn

Would you like to explore your subject interest in deepth? Then the Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer Schools might be just the thing for you.

The Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer Schools are week-long, subject-specific residentials, where you live and study as a Cambridge student. You’ll stay in your own private student room within a Cambridge College, eat with other Summer School students in the canteens and socialise in the common rooms.

During the day, you’ll be in your academic department, where you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject. They’ll guide you through new areas of study, introducing you to the depth and breadth of a Cambridge undergraduate course.

The programme includes a wide variety of courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and applications are open 9 January 2017 to 2 March 2017! For more information please see Sutton Trust Summer Schools


Date posted: 

Friday 13 January 2017


Work Experience at the Department of Engineering

A bulk superconductor

A bulk superconductor over a magnet

Do you want to study Engineering in the future? Or do you just want to see how a large University Department is run from the inside? Then this is your chance! Each year, the Department of Engineering offers a small number of work experience placements to school students, so here is your oportunity to get an inside look.

In 2017, work experience placements will take place during the week commencing Monday 10th July.   The closing date for applications for the 2017 round of Work Experience placements is Monday 9th January 2017. For more information and download of the application form please visit the Work Experience Website

Date posted: 

Wednesday 4 January 2017


How anatomy is taught in Medicine

Skeleton, front court, King'sKing's skeleton

There is an interesting film available on this page, in which Cambridge Medicine students and academics discuss the use of whole body dissection in anatomy and thank their 'silent teachers'.

Find out more about what studying Medicine at Cambridge is like in the King's Student Perspectives.

If you are in Year 12 and will meet the subject requirements for Medicine, why not book a place on the Masterclass on Saturday 4 Feburary?

Date posted: 

Wednesday 14 December 2016


Plenty of places still available for King's open afternoon next Tuesday

open day group

We still have plenty of places available for the King's open afternoon next Tuesday (20 September). This event is for students who will be applying to Cambridge this October.  Please see our open days page for further details and to book a place. This is an opportunity for you to get to know the college a little better. There will be a talk, subject sessions, the chance to chat to current King's students and a tour of the college.

Date posted: 

Wednesday 14 September 2016


Pairing socks

Here is a problem from, the website written by Cambridge University Engineering department that helps you to apply for Engineering courses at top universities.

Jane has 5 pairs of socks. The first pair of socks are both red. The second pair of socks are both blue. The third pair of socks are both green. The fourth pair of socks are both yellow. The fifth pair of socks are both white. One sock from each pair is placed in a bag on the left, and the rest are put in a bag on the right.

In each turn, Jane draws one sock at random from each bag and folds them together to form a pair. After five turns, she has formed 5 pairs of socks. Find the probability that no pair consists of socks of the same colour.

See the hints and choose your answer!

Date posted: 

Saturday 10 September 2016


Year 11 Lesser Spotted Sciences Day

Oxford University is inviting Year 11 (final year of GCSE) students to a "Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day". The day draws together science subjects from Oxford's Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division and beyond, that aren't commonly taught in schools. It's a great opportunity to explore the range of science that you can study at university.

Forr full information and booking please see Oxford University website

Date posted: 

Monday 5 September 2016


Isaac Physics

isaac physics

Isaac Physics provides resources to offer support and activities in physics problem-solving to students (and teachers) working from GCSE (Year 11), through sixth form (Years 12 & 13), and to university.

They also run free UK events for AS and A2 Physics and Maths education. Here is a list of currently scheduled forthcoming events - do click on the links below for details and booking.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 30 August 2016


Science and the Olympics

simone biles

Simone Biles competing in gymnastics. Credit: Agência Brasil Fotografias

As the Olympic Games in Rio continue, there are a whole host of articles coming up in the news and in journals discussing the events - and in particular, the science behind the games.

Here are just a few we've found:

Date posted: 

Friday 12 August 2016


Engineering Open Day Talks

engineering open day

A previous Engineering Open Day. Credit: Engineering at Cambridge

Thinking about Engineering, but didn't manage to make it to an Open Day? The Department of Engineering have uploaded videos of their open day talks online, as well as handouts of the slideshows.

You can find out about upcoming Engineering Open Days here or find out more about Engineering at King's on our subject page.

Date posted: 

Monday 18 July 2016



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