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Students Learn About Renewable Energy with the Smallpeice Trust

A group of 14 and 15 year-olds from across the UK learned about renewable energy on a four day residential engineering course at Liverpool John Moores University supported by the Smallpeice Trust.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 12, 2014 --( From 30th June to 3rd July, forty students from across the UK were provided with an interactive introduction to renewable energy generation through a series of compelling classes and lectures.

Sponsored and hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, the 14 and 15 year old students benefitted from the experience and guidance of academic staff and students from mechanical, electrical, civil and marine engineering as they learnt about the engineering and management challenges in the design and operation of renewable energy sources.

Over the four days, students worked in teams to design and build components of renewable energy systems whilst gaining exclusive use of the university’s laboratories. They learnt about energy and renewable energy generation and the challenges faced by engineers. As well as working on the design, build and test elements of the project, they developed life skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, and time management.

The social programme included a ferry trip on the river Mersey, a film night, sports activities and an end-of-course celebratory dinner and disco.

Ian Jenkinson, Director of the School of Engineering and Maritime Operations from Liverpool John Moores University commented, “We need to encourage talented young people to become engineers if we are to find effective solutions to problems such as low carbon energy generation and we look forward to running this again with The Smallpeice Trust.”

Spokesperson for The Smallpeice Trust, Claire Fisher, added: “We are delighted that Liverpool John Moore’s University along with some of their partners has continued to sponsor this exciting course. This area of engineering has grown significantly over the last 20 years to become a multi-billion pound global industry. The students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and have gone away encouraged and inspired to take on a role in this exciting sector in the future.

The Renewable Energy course is organised by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 12 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 17,495 students across the UK in the past year.

The new course timetable for 2015 will be launched in the autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, visit, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 33320001926 333200.

Notes to Editors

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.

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

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