Potential Engineers get a Smallpeice of the Action

Forty-three students aged 14 and 15 spent the week enjoying a unique learning experience at The University of Manchester’s School of Materials. Sessions were designed to explore not just Engineering Materials, but also biomedical materials science and technical textiles.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 07, 2011 --(PR.com)-- From 27th June to 30th June 2011, forty-three students aged 14 and 15 spent the week enjoying a unique learning experience at The University of Manchester. The four-day Smallpeice Trust Engineering Materials residential course, hosted by The University of Manchester’s School of Materials and sponsored by LATEST2 (Light Alloys Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport) was designed to give students a taste of this exciting and rapidly expanding subject.

Lab sessions provided a hands-on opportunity for the students to discover the fundamentals of Materials Science and the breadth of the subject. Sessions were designed to explore not just Engineering Materials, but also biomedical materials science and technical textiles. Working on different group tasks, students solved engineering challenges including a ‘Straw Towers Construction,’ a chance to design a jet engine and an ‘Advanced Composite Beam Project.’ The course also included ‘Meet the Engineers’ sessions, where students had the opportunity to speak to engineers from Rolls-Royce, who gave a company introduction and answered questions about their career paths. Students also had the opportunity to visit Hampson Aerospace to see the Bloodhound Project which is a car designed to break the land speed record at 1000mph.

Max Rowe, Outreach Administrator, LATEST2 & Advanced Metallic Systems CDT, commented, “Materials Science is a subject area which has fantastic career opportunities and allows you to combine the study of physics, chemistry and engineering in higher education. Unfortunately the subject is not well known amongst school children and these summer schools are a great way for us to spread the word and engage students with the subject. By combining practical activities with subject talks and industry visits we are able to give the students a varied experience over the 4 days and hopefully foster their interest in the subject in years to come.”

Spokesperson Gemma Murphy from The Smallpeice Trust commented, “We are very grateful for the support from LATEST2 and the University of Manchester. A key focus of this course is to give young people hands-on engineering experiences and to open their eyes to the rich and varied progression routes available to them. They have all learned a tremendous amount and really enjoyed every minute of their stay at the university.”

The Smallpeice Trust Engineering Materials course is part of an ongoing programme of subsidised residential courses to help young people aged 13 to 18 develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.

Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, The Trust has grown tremendously over the past 45 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of disciplines within the industry from engineering materials, marine technology and naval architecture to nanotechnology and structural engineering. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, 17,677 students have attended a Smallpeice activity in the past year.

The new course timetable for 2012 will be launched in the Autumn. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.


Notes to Editor

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.”

In 2009/10, The Smallpeice Trust ran 30 residential courses for 1,700 school-aged students at universities across the country, with girls accounting for 38%. In addition, 15,977 students attended a Smallpeice in-school STEM masterclass.

About The School of Materials:

"Materials engineering and innovation are at the heart of the modern world. Everyday people watch television, use computers, read newspapers, drive a car, fly in a plane, need medical treatment or use performance and fashion clothing."
Professor Robert J. Young - Head of the School of Materials.

We offer eight undergraduate courses at the School of Materials, some of which include industrial training, these include Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Biomedical Materials Science.
The Smallpeice Trust:
Gemma Murphy
+44(0)1926 333214
or contact:
Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203