Educational Charity Seeks One Hundred 12-14 Year Olds for Engineering Experience
The Smallpeice Trust will be running an Engineering Experience course at the University of Nottingham from 30th March to 1st April 2015. The course offers one hundred students aged 12 to 14 (Years 8 and 9), an opportunity to explore the subject of engineering through a series of real-life challenges.
The Smallpeice Trust will be running an Engineering Experience course at the University of Nottingham from 30th March to 1st April 2015. The course offers one hundred 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 also work on design-and-build projects with young role model engineers from companies such as Babcock, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Navy, who 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 the project commercially viable.
Some of the projects from a similar course last year included building a 4x4 vehicle which was tested on a track full of obstacles, building a model boat capable of withstanding a certain amount of weight, and constructing a civilian bridge with intricate details and accuracy in measurement.
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 our courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.
The Engineering Experience course costs £195 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.
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Media are invited to come along during the course to view the students in action on 31st March 2015. Contact The Smallpeice Trust if you would like to attend.
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