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Thinking Ahead

Take part in the TEDI-London engineering taster programme

Thinking Ahead is our online engineering taster programme, inviting you to learn more about the world of engineering and take part in a sustainability-themed design challenge.

You could choose to work on this challenge independently or you could form a group with your friends (max 5 people).


The programme will take place Wednesday 18 May – Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Phase one:  Think like an engineer | Wednesday 18 May – Wednesday 25 May

At your own pace you will work through interactive theory content via our online learning platform (The Learning Tree). This will teach you all about the interdisciplinary aspects of engineering. This will be self-directed learning that you can do in your own time, around your existing schedule.

Phase two:  Create like an engineer | Wednesday 25 May – Wednesday 1 June

You will put your new theoretical knowledge into practice and respond to an engineering challenge brief set by us, which will see you design and present a prototype.


Thinking Ahead is an online programme.  All workshops, resources and collaboration will happen via a dedicated Microsoft Teams group which you will be added to before the programme starts.

Throughout there will be drop-in sessions with the TEDI-London team and industry masterclasses to teach you more about the world of engineering and help you with the challenge!


At the end of the programme you will submit your project in the form of a presentation. All projects will be reviewed and shortlisted by the TEDI-London team, and shortlisted projects will be invited to present their project to our panel of judges who will decide the winners of Thinking Ahead.


Yes! There are prizes! Winners will receive an industry coaching session and professional references (from TEDI-London).


You’ll need to be over the age of 16 and be available for approx 14 hours both weeks.  You’ll also need to have access to the internet.


Applications for Thinking Ahead are now closed.


What our previous Thinking Ahead students had to say...

  • “The Thinking Ahead programme felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. I very much enjoyed hearing from experts in the field, and developing my confidence by presenting my work to the panel and receiving their feedback was very useful. I discovered how much I loved design engineering and it was eye opening to realize that my designs can help other people live a happier life.”

    Shedlia Most sustainable Thinking Ahead winner 2021
  • “I joined the Thinking Ahead programme because I’m interested in engineering and creating by attempting fun projects.The programme broadened my view on engineering as a whole, as I was able to strengthen my engineering skills but also learn about product design and pitching a product.”

    Aaryan Most Innovative Thinking Ahead winner 2020
  • “I joined the programme as a personal project to help me decide if engineering and design was the right career path for me. I also wanted to challenge myself creatively and generally learn more about the interdisciplinary aspects of engineering. The project did exactly that, as well as improving my confidence in creating and presenting a prototype.”

    Vritika Most Creative Thinking Ahead winner 2020
  • Aaryan photo