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Watch it Made and the Cambridge Science Festival

About Watch it Made

Watch it Made is an Educational Outreach Programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The idea was conceived by Cranfield University staff who wished to create an engineering activity that would make young learners experience the unique 'pride of producing' that only engineering can offer, prior to the children making their high school subject selections, with the intended outcome of more children selecting engineering and its related subjects.


The Watch it Made experience was created by two student MRes degree group projects supervised by Prof Paul Shore and Dr Paul Comley of Cranfield University. In January 2014, a first student group project team from the University of Cambridge evaluated the proposed concept of Watch it Made as an educational experience.

Thereafter, a second group project team of Cranfield University students defined the content of the Watch it Made experience. This Cranfield team designed a watch that could be produced by children. They also demonstrated the fun learning experience that children get when they use modern engineering design and manufacturing to make a self-designed quality watch.

Read more on the Watch It Made website.


Designing a Watch It Made w


Watch it Made at the Cambridge Science Festival

Each year we welcome over 1,000 visitors to the Institute for Manufacturing as part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival with a host of displays, exhibitions and hands-on activities.

In 2014 a new activity by the Centre for Industrial Photonics was seen at the Science Festival for the Watch it Made Project. Children of mixed ages designed patterns for iStyle Silicone Slap on Watches and see the laser engrave their patterns on the watch of their choice. They also saw the components of a watch under the microscope and gained an understanding of how a watch functions and is manufactured. The activity was a success with very positive feedback was received from the parents and children.


Children with Watch It Made

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