Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, February 19, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has recently launched a new course timetable for 2014 and is seeking hundreds of 12 to 17 year old students to sample their engineering taster courses. Any student can apply to attend a wide range of subsidised residential courses which take place at universities nationwide. Subjects include Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Marine Technology, Mining and Minerals, Railway Engineering and Renewable Energy. These are designed for students with an interest in or natural flair for Science, Maths, Design or Technology with a view to encouraging them to consider a career in engineering.
From 21st to 23rd July 2014, The Smallpeice Trust will be running a Girls into Engineering course exclusively for girls at the University of Bristol. Sponsored by the ERA Foundation and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, this course offers one hundred female students aged 12 to 14 (Years 8 and 9), an opportunity to explore the subject of engineering through a series of real-life challenges.
Competing in teams, students will work on design-and-build projects using a range of materials and control systems. Young role model engineers from companies such as Airbus, National Composites Centre and the National Nuclear Laboratory, will guide them through every stage of product development, from initial concepts to final testing. Throughout the process, students will be confronted with real-life issues including the need to work within a budget to make their project commercially viable.
Students will also attend lectures and presentations delivered by engineers from Ford and Google, offering them a unique insight into the exciting careers available within the engineering sector.
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 their courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.
The Girls into Engineering course costs £125 for three days full board, and includes all course materials and supervised social activities. Course details and application forms can be accessed from 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.
Media are invited to come along during the course to view the students in action on 22nd July 2014. Contact The Smallpeice Trust to arrange attendance.
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.