Students on Board for a Career in Engineering with the Smallpeice Trust
Forty students aged 14 and 15 (S3) from schools across the UK, recently attended the Marine Technology course from 21st to 25th July at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The residential programme Fame Transportationniversity of Strathclyde and was financially supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).
Students were given the opportunity to learn about naval architecture and marine engineering through a series of presentations and practical exercises. Working in teams, they were tasked with designing a radio-controlled replica of a large cargo ship to transport goods from Glasgow to Singapore.
A visit to the Riverside Museum gave students the chance to explore the history of transport in Scotland and a talk from one of the members of staff gave an insight into the marine industry in the region.
Eileen Kinghan, LRF Grants Manager commented, “This inspirational Marine Technology course has enabled students to gain a greater knowledge of marine technology and the many dynamic careers to be had within the field. Through a combination of industrial visits and practical hands-on learning, students have been able to work with experienced marine technologists and gain a true experience of this important engineering discipline.”
Dr. Andrew Cave, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust commented, “Generous sponsorship from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation enables us to run this second Marine Technology course for the eighth year as part of our annual programme. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of Marine Technology, concentrating on areas such as naval architecture, ship design and off-shore construction. Having looked at some of the student’s designs and by witnessing their dedication it soon became apparent how enthusiastic the students were about the subject, applying their new found knowledge effectively to complete their team projects.”
The course culminated with a reception and formal course dinner on board the Glenlee Tall Ship on the Clyde. This spectacular venue provided a unique setting for the students to present their work to the companies that had supported the course along with specially invited guests.
The Marine Technology course is run by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 13 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 20,353 students across the UK in the past year.
The new course timetable for 2014 will be launched in the autumn school term. 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.
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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.
About Lloyd’s Register Foundation:
Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), a UK registered charity and sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd, invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.lrfoundation.org.uk//