Ilkeston students were given hands-on engineering lessons with the experts during workshops with Rolls-Royce graduates.
Three graduates from the firm ran the event at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, for more than 40 year mine GCSE students.
During the pure flight workshops, students were asked to use their engineering know-how to design and build a small glider and a competition was held to see which one flew the furthest.
Matt Price, faculty leader of art, design and technology, said: “There’s a wide range of careers in engineering and it’s about raising aspirations and bringing it to life.”
Jonathan Lee, 13, who is studying GCSE product design, said: “I found it really interesting and it’s been a great experience. It’s also made me think about what I want to do in the future.”
Sam Brown, one of the graduate engineers from Rolls-Royce, said it was all about opening students’ eyes to STEM subjects.
He said: “It’s all about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEP)and the jobs that are available in these areas.
“They were a really enthusiastic group and did really well.
“One of the students answered a question we asked, which no-one in any of our workshops has got right before so that was very impressive.”
Rolls-Royce has also donated £800 towards the cost of a 3D printer which is being used by students at Saint John Houghton.