Two hundred A level students, and 50 local engineers will be getting to grips with real engineering challenges at Birmingham University next week.
The youngsters will be taking part in this year's Engineering Education Scheme (England) which will run from December 13 to 16.
This residential workshop is a major part of the EESE, a programme providing talented young people with an insight into the world of engineering.
Fifty professional engineers from companies throughout the West Midlands are currently working with teams of four students and their teacher on real engineering problems faced by their organisations.
The project phase lasts six months and is designed to show students how exciting a career in engineering can be, and provide effective, novel solutions for local companies. Fifty teams will be working on projects at the university on projects including students from Aldersley High School, Wolverhampton and Carillion developing a safety device for rail workers.
The temporary access system will allow personnel to walk safely across the track when moving equipment on site.
The Sixth Form College, Solihull's students are working with Jaguar and Land Rover on an electronic display system to be used in cars.
This Heads Up Display Unit (HDU) will give the driver details on car performance and outside environment.
Cadbury Trebor Bassett has presented the challenge to girls from Kind Edward VI High School, Birmingham to investigate the causes of cocoa bean breakage in transport from Ghana.
Broken beans cannot be used in production, so identifying the causes of breakage and feasible methods to reduce it will save money.
A team from Pershore High School are working with QinetiQ, Malvern on a central locking system for houses.