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Arkwright Engineering Scholars Enjoy Energy Challenge from the Smallpeice Trust

From 7th to 9th June, educational charity The Smallpeice Trust partnered with The Arkwright Scholarships Trust and Cardiff University’s School of Engineering to give twenty-four teenagers from across the UK the unique opportunity to explore the practical world of electromechanical engineering.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 21, 2014 --( From 7th to 9th June, educational charity The Smallpeice Trust partnered with The Arkwright Scholarships Trust and Cardiff University’s School of Engineering to give twenty-four teenagers from across the UK the unique opportunity to explore the practical world of electromechanical engineering.

The Arkwright Energy Challenge was a specially designed residential course open to Arkwright Engineering Scholars only, whom The Arkwright Scholarships Trust had identified and nurtured through their prestigious scholarships scheme for high-calibre students aged 16 to 18 (Years 12 and 13).

Sponsored by The Institution for Engineering and Technology and hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, this course offered students a valuable insight into the principles, systems and technologies that constitute the expanding world of electromechanical engineering.

Over the three days, students were challenged to design, make and test different systems that either generate, use or control energy. Whilst the theory of the designs was presented, students only attended practical laboratories. This was to develop their understanding and knowledge of the subject through the application of science, engineering and mathematics to solving a problem rather than attending lectures to only discuss the theory.

As well as working on the design, build and testing element of their projects, students developed life skills including teamwork, communication, problem solving, and time and financial management, while observing first-hand what university life is like.

The social programme included a tour of the Millennium Stadium, film night and a Laser Tag tournament.

Steve Watts, Deputy Head of the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Discipline at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University, commented, “Developing the next generation of engineers is a worthy exercise. Without this next generation fully understanding what the Grand Challenges facing todays and tomorrows society are then how would we expect them to be solved, and they do need solving! Such activity as this Arkwright Summer School allows these students to make informed decisions about going to university and about what is contained under the degree titles on offer.”

Dr. Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of The Arkwright Scholarships Trust, said: “This exciting course is an example of how educational organizations can work together to maximize the benefits to high-potential young people. I wish to thank the IET, The Smallpeice Trust and Cardiff University for facilitating this fantastic learning opportunity for Arkwright Engineering Scholars.”

Dr. Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust, added: “We are delighted that our colleagues at Cardiff University and the IET have made it possible for The Arkwright Scholarships Trust and Smallpeice to give the scholars this unique insight into the application of electromechanical engineering within the energy sector. I feel as potential future engineering leaders this course has really stretched these brilliant young people.”

The Arkwright Energy Challenge 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 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.
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Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203

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