Energy Quest

The Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest is a curriculum-linked, year-round, established programme for schools that helps improve the perception of engineering among both girls and boys.

1,778 workshops have been delivered in 1,057 state secondary schools during the 4 years of the programme and over 120,000 young people (aged 11 to 14) have taken part so far. Its popularity with schools speaks for itself, with a waiting list of schools wanting to take part.

The free programme encourages young people to find out all about sustainable energy and learn about associated engineering careers. It consists of two parts: the Energiser Workshop, an interactive STEM workshop packed with hands-on activities, careers information and stories from real engineers and The Bright Ideas Challenge, Shell’s popular cross-curricular schools’ competition, which sees teams of students imagine innovative solutions that could one day power our future cities.

Energy Quest is designed to be inclusive and tailored to the needs of different school groups. It carries a strong careers element throughout and links closely to many of the Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance, such as encounters with employers and employees.

The format of the programme is flexible and could be applied to other sectors as well.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest is funded by Shell and run locally by EESW, Learn by Design and YESC.

Read case studies and find out more about the programme on the Tomorrow's Engineers website


Participants in Energy Quest report higher levels of knowledge of careers in engineering, find a career in engineering more desirable and know better what to do next to become an engineer compared with the general population of 11 to 14 year olds.

Supporting the Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest Programme provides opportunities to:

  • Help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, helping them make informed subject choices enabling them to pursue STEM careers
  • Give more young people the opportunity to take part – the programme aims to reach 40% of state secondary schools in the next 5 years
  • Build and extend strong local links with target schools
  • Be part of a year-round, successful programme, reaching more than 58,000 students over the next 2 years
  • Deliver diversity and inclusion strategies, encouraging young people from all backgrounds to consider a career in engineering
  • Get staff to take part in an established and rewarding volunteers programme, developing training and presentation skills