We specialise in the development and delivery of high quality innovative experiential learning activities and resources across the construction and engineering sectors.  Our approach blends sound pedagogy, excellent design and careful facilitation to produce really high-impact training and educational experiences.

Case Studies

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Build Camp

Build Camp, a collaboration between Think Up and Constructionarium, gives 16 to 18-year-olds a snapshot of the world of civil engineering enabled. Over four days on site, students: survey the route; design the railway, cuttings and embankments; plan and carry out the construction of the line; assemble and lift into position a bridge; ride a train along the route on opening day.

In the early days of Think Up we identified the need for an intensive hands-on activity that would inspire school-leavers to study civil engineering. And what better way to get an introduction that industry than to build a railway? Planning and constructing a railway involves all the main disciplines of civil engineering, and comes with the bonus of being able to ride it when it’s finished.

Constructionarium, ICE, CITB and Balfour Beatty bought into the idea and in Easter 2014 Constructionarium and Think Up piloted the first ever Build Camp.
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The Big Rig

We created the Big Rig back in 2010 as a pop-up construction training venue to host an event called Low-Carb, in which participants built a low-carbon shower from waste construction material. Since then the Big Rig has proven itself as a versatile and robust training environment for delivering transformative learning and training.

Think Up works with training providers to establish Big Rig facilities on their premises, and then designs and facilitates training events to that take place in those facilities. The key to the success of Big Rig events is careful orchestration of the activities to allow just the right levels of challenge, excitement and jeopardy so that participants have a highly engaging and memorable experience.

The first Big Rig was hosted by the National Construction College in Newham. The success of that first commission rapidly led to two more Big Rig commissions from CITB: the Winter Water Warmer,  in
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Global Grand Challenges Student Day

We were commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering to design and facilitate a day-long creative design exercise for a group of 60 top engineering students from around the world.

In groups of ten, we set students the challenge of developing engineering responses to one of six of the Global Grand Challenges. At the end of an intense day of activity, students presented their ideas to a team of Angel investors. The winning team won the opportunity to present their ideas to the Global Grand Challenges Summit.

Think Up’s role was to design a programme of activities, develop a visual design for the event, create briefing materials, produce delegate packs, dress the workshop space and facilitate the whole day.

Our programme was shaped around helping students develop design skills in the context of solving one of the Global Grand Challenges: access to clean water; preserving urban infrastructure; advancing health informatics; enhancing virtual reality; protecting cyberspace; and,
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