Skip to content

OU on the BBC: How To Build

Updated Sunday 13th November 2011

Three British engineering projects that rely on amazing technology and highly specialised individual skills

How To Build logo Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

Take it further

Got a passion for engineering and technology? Find out about studying at The Open University.

How To Build on TV

How To Build a super car will be repeated on Sunday 13 October at 8pm on BBC Two. See full schedule details.

Use the links below to see more about how ideas are taken from sketch to structure, and the challenges faced by engineers trying to solve difficult problems.



The Open University team take on design and engineering challenges

Learn about design and engineering with the Open University


For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Science, Maths & Technology 

Design Behind the Bike

The Design Behind the Bike Series explores the effect of science and technology on cycling and explores how the development in technology has changed bike design and build over the last 100 years. The series of five films explores the development of technology, components, materials and innovation used to build and design new bicycles for the current market. The series includes the history of the bicycle, Materials explores the products available to build bicycles, Frame Design looks at the developments in design techniques, the Wheels film explores the different components and their structure and Aesthetics looks at what influences the designer and the consumer. The films form part of the Open University Course T317 and T174

45 mins
Electric Dreams: Technology makeover Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: OU activity icon

History & The Arts 

Electric Dreams: Technology makeover

Let our interactive take you on an electric trip down memory lane.

How do planes survive lightning strikes? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

How do planes survive lightning strikes?

As planes carry us through the sky, they can - and do - come under attack from lightning strikes. Good design keeps us safe, though, in the City In The Sky.

5 mins
Introducing engineering Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: VIADGRIN shutterstock free course icon Level 1 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Introducing engineering

Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number of key themes that explore how engineering is undertaken in our modern world. These themes include engineering design, rules that govern engineers, manufacturing for products and electricity generation using solar energy.

Free course
15 hrs
Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Damedeeso | video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs

Dr Clara Mancini tells us how Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is expanding the design of interactive systems beyond the human species.

15 mins
Click: A Route 66 of the future - Episode 1 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Jackryan89 | article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Click: A Route 66 of the future - Episode 1

In this episode, Click unlocks the grid and investigates whether our roads and highways really can become intelligent.

Evan Davis: Engineering the future Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Evan Davis: Engineering the future

Reflecting on his research for Built In Britain, Evan Davis shares his views of the challenges to refreshing the UK infrastructure.

5 mins
OU on the BBC: Electric Dreams Creative commons image Icon Herr Popp under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

OU on the BBC: Electric Dreams

How has technology transformed our homes, and what has it done to our families?

OU on the BBC: Science Shack - Welcome from Adam Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Science Shack - Welcome from Adam

What's Science Shack all about anyway? Adam Hart-Davis gives us the low down on the series in his personal welcome.