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Teenagers to Explore Artificial Intelligence with the Smallpeice Trust

The Smallpeice Trust will run an Artificial Intelligence course sponsored and hosted by the University of Exeter. This residential course takes place from 14th to 17th April and gives forty-five students, aged 13 and 14 (Year 9) the unique opportunity to explore the world of computer science as they help machines find solutions to complex problems in a more human like fashion.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, February 13, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has launched its new 2014 course timetable and is now seeking hundreds of 12 to 17 year old students to sample their taster engineering courses. Any student can apply to attend a wide range of subsidised three to five day residential courses which take place at universities nationwide. Subjects include Cyber Security, High Speed Communications, Low Carbon Energy, Marine Technology, Mining and Minerals, Nuclear Engineering and Railway Engineering. These are designed to attract students that have an interest or natural flair in Science, Maths, Design or Technology to consider a career in engineering.

The Smallpeice Trust will run an Artificial Intelligence course sponsored and hosted by the University of Exeter. This residential course takes place from 14th to 17th April and gives forty-five students, aged 13 and 14 (Year 9) the unique opportunity to explore the world of computer science as they help machines find solutions to complex problems in a more human like fashion.

Over the four days, students will take part in fascinating masterclasses to explore the exciting theories and practices involved in computer science and artificial intelligence whilst developing their own computer program which they will test for intelligence. Students will also get to meet some of the latest talking machines, otherwise known as ‘chatbots’ and discover how machines of the future may learn from their environments and make decisions for themselves. This course will also provide students with a greater understanding of the wide range of career prospects available to them whilst observing first-hand what university life is like.

All Smallpeice courses are linked to the National Curriculum and are designed to improve core skills such as team building, financial management, communication and problem solving. By attending one of our courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.

The Artificial Intelligence course costs £150 for 4 days full board, all course materials and supervised social activities. Course information and application forms can be accessed from www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk. Interested students are advised to apply early, as applications will be reviewed and places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Notes to editors:

Attention Press:
Media are invited to come along during the course to view the students in action 16th April. Contact The Smallpeice Trust if you would like to attend.

About The Smallpeice Trust:

The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charitable trust which promotes engineering as a career, primarily through the provision of residential courses for young people aged 13 to 18.

The Smallpeice Trust was founded in 1966 by Dr Cosby Smallpeice, a pioneering engineer and inventor of the Smallpeice Lathe. Following the stock market flotation of his company Martonair, Dr Smallpeice invested his energy and part of his personal fortune to set up the Trust to ensure that British industry could continuously benefit from his proven design and engineering philosophies: “Simplicity in design, economy in production.”

The Trust is now governed by an eminent board of non-executive trustees and members from a diverse range of engineering, industry, educational and professional bodies.

Over the past year, The Smallpeice Trust has engaged with 17,495 young people through 35 different subsidised residential courses, in-school STEM Days and starting up STEM Clubs. More emphasis has been put on programmes physically delivered by The Smallpeice Trust. The Smallpeice Trust has also trained 1,280 teachers to enhance their delivery of STEM in the classroom.

A strong interface is maintained with industry, education and professional bodies that help to support, promote and develop the courses. Through these relationships the Trust is also able to provide a number of tailored or specialised courses.
Contact Information
The Smallpeice Trust:
Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203
Contact
www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk

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