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Engineering Experience for One Hundred Teenagers with the Smallpeice Trust

Liverpool, United Kingdom, March 08, 2013 --( Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust is looking for 13 and 14 year old students (Year 9) with an interest in engineering and technology to apply to attend a foundation Engineering Experience course at the University of Liverpool from 8th to 10th April.

The course offers students an opportunity to explore the fascinating subject of engineering through a series of real-life challenges. Competing in teams, students work with young role model engineers who will guide them through every stage of product development, from initial concepts to final testing. Students could be working with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Transport for London and the Royal Navy. They will be confronted with real-life issues throughout the process, including the need to work within a budget and make the project commercially viable.

Some of the projects from a similar course last year included building a 4x4 vehicle which was tested on a track full of obstacles, building a warship capable of withstanding a certain amount of weight, and constructing a civilian bridge with intricate details and accuracy in measurement.

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 Engineering Experience course, costs £175 for 3 days full board, all course materials and supervised social activities. Course information and application forms can be accessed from 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 on 9th April 2013. 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 12 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.

In the past academic year, The Smallpeice Trust has reached out to 20,353 young people through 33 different subsidised residential courses, 1-day in-school STEM Days and STEM-in-a-Box kits. The Smallpeice Trust has also trained 913 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:
Gemma Murphy
+44(0)1926 333214
or contact:
Claire Fisher
Tel: 01926 333203
Fax: 01926 333202

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