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Students on Board to a Career in Engineering Courtesy of the Smallpeice Trust

Forty students aged 15 to 17 from schools across the UK, recently attended a 3D Printing Technology course from 14th to 17th July at the University of Warwick. The residential programme was designed through a partnership between The Smallpeice Trust and WMG at the University of Warwick, and was financially supported by the The Institute of Advanced Study (University of Warwick), Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and Smallpeice Enterprises.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, July 24, 2014 --( Working in small teams, students were given the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the wide range of practical applications of 3D Printing, exploring the world of CAD design to design their own 3D structures as well as participating in a practical 3D project that used Arduino technology, helium and motors. The projects provided students with the opportunity to get to grips with programming while demonstrating how creative and rewarding a future in 3D Printing can be.

Students also took part in thought provoking masterclasses led by experts in the field while broadening their knowledge of polymer technology, how different materials behave and how they are applicable to 3D Printing.

Students taking part in the course developed their core life skills in team building, communication, time management, problem solving and presentations. Social activities included a DVD night and a trip to the local Laser Quest.

Greg Gibbons, Associate Professor, from WMG commented, “It’s fantastic to see so many young people interested in science and engineering. We were very impressed by the level of technical skills that the students had at the end of the workshop, and at the speed that they picked up challenging new technical concepts.”

Dr. Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust added, “Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and Smallpeice Enterprises, we have been able to run this brand new 3D Printing Technology course as part of our annual programme. The students taking part have gained a deeper understanding of the importance of 3D Printing Technology, and its potential to transform the global manufacturing industry and the UK economy. 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 which gave students a unique opportunity to present their work to the companies that had supported the course along with specially invited guests.

The 3D Printing Technology 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.

About the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851:

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 awards some 25 postgraduate Fellowships and Scholarships a year, for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design. It also makes a small number of Special Awards to support projects consistent with its overall aims. Many of these are focused on raising the awareness of the young to the opportunities presented by science and engineering.

About Smallpeice Enterprises:

Smallpeice Enterprises offer over 40 years of experience and success in designing, leading and supporting business improvement programmes delivered to an international and sector-wide client base. They offer a practical and project-based approach to skills development enabling companies to quickly maximise results when implementing Product Development, Lean, Six Sigma, Project Management, and Leadership Development programmes.
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The Smallpeice Trust:
Claire Fisher
+44(0)1926 333203

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