Southampton, United Kingdom, January 21, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has recently launched a new course timetable for 2015 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, Electronics with Cyber Security, Marine Technology, Nuclear Engineering, Railway Engineering and Structural Engineering. These are designed for students with an interest or natural flair in Science, Maths, Design or Technology with a view to encouraging them to consider a career in engineering.
In July, the University of Southampton will be hosting three very different residential courses for budding young engineers. Through a jam-packed timetable of educational and fun activities, students will be offered a unique insight into Biomedical Engineering, Computing and Microelectronics and Supercomputing in Engineering.
The Biomedical Engineering course is sponsored by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and is designed for 15 and 16 year old students (Year 11). The budding engineers will explore the role of engineering in the design of medical devices, rehabilitation, physiological research and patient safety. Students will emerge with a real understanding of how vitally important engineers are to modern healthcare.
On the Computing and Microelectronics course, sponsored by ARM and supported by Student Robotics, students aged 15 to 17 (Year 11 & 12) will get to design, build and program their very own autonomous robot which is capable of navigating its way around an arena collecting objects. They will also explore the wide use of ARM microprocessors and learn how microprocessor-based electronic systems play a vital part in most aspects of modern life, from MP3 players to medical devices.
During the Supercomputing in Engineering course, students will work with world-leading engineers from the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University of Southampton. Designed for 16 and 17 year old pupils (Year 12), students will discover how a supercomputer works from the inside out, and explore how engineers use computers to perform mathematical modeling, design products and gather and visualize data. They will also gain first-hand experience of the university’s state-of-the-art flight simulator and rapid prototyping facilities.
On each course students will meet and talk to young engineers who are following a path in these exciting fields, giving them a greater understanding of the roles they undertake and the wide range of career prospects that are available.
All Smallpeice courses are designed to improve core skills such as team building, communication and problem solving and are also linked to the National Curriculum. By attending a Smallpeice course students will gain experience of university life and industry that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.
Courses details, current availability and application forms can be accessed from smallpeicetrust.org.uk. Applications are reviewed and offered on a first come first served basis.
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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 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 21,564 young people through 40 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 630 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.
For more information visit smallpeicetrust.org.uk
The University of Southampton:
The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship across a wide range of subjects in engineering, science, social sciences, health and humanities.
For more information visit southampton.ac.uk