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Summer Schools: Electrical circuits (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will build circuits to control a driverless train.

two girls in bright blouses are holding wires and an electrical device
Image credit: Tim Mitchell

Event description

In this workshop students will have a hands-on introduction to electrical circuits, by controlling a driverless model automatic train.

Using pressure switches, slide switches and programmable controllers, students will build and design an increasingly complex electronic control system.

About the speaker

Jeremy King is an Engineer and science communicator, who worked as a Chartered Civil Engineer for 30 years, building motorways, power stations, multi-storey office blocks and more.

Jeremy now works around the country, running workshops for over 8000 students a year.

Please note

Please note, this workshop is strictly for 10–12 year-olds. There will be a short break during the workshop and a drink and a small snack will be provided. Students should bring their own snack if they have any allergies.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

The Engineering Summer School workshops are based on Ri Engineering Masterclasses. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.


Workshops are on the first floor of our building, for which there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, or if you have any other questions, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email:

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino-James preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address