Portsmouth, United Kingdom, January 25, 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, Automotive Engineering, Food 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.
During the summer, they will be running three very different residential courses in Portsmouth for budding young engineers. Through a jam-packed timetable of educational and fun activities, students will be offered a unique insight into Electronics with Cyber Security, Marine Technology and Nuclear Marine Engineering.
Taking place from the 22nd to 25th June, the Electronics with Cyber Security course is sponsored and hosted by the University of Portsmouth and offers sixty students aged 14 and 15 (Year 10) the chance to explore the breadth of opportunities that can be had in this ever-changing sector. The skills that they develop will then be applied as they work in teams on a design-and-make project to build a buggy using sensors to negotiate a circuit in a race against time.
The Marine Technology course, sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, will also take place at the University of Portsmouth, from 29th June to 2nd July. One hundred students aged 13 and 14 (Year 9) will get to work on a series of design-and-build projects that introduce exciting areas such as naval architecture, ship design and off-shore construction. They will also go on special visits to local businesses to discover the role of cutting-edge marine technology in the workplace.
The Nuclear Marine Engineering course takes place at Royal Navy base HMS Sultan in Portsmouth from 22nd to 25th June. Sponsored by Babcock and delivered in partnership with Babcock and the Royal Navy, this course gives fifty students aged 13 and 14 (Year 9) the opportunity to work alongside professional engineers, and take part in practical workshops and lectures as well as spending time in laboratory learning about radiation and gamma ray spectroscopy. Students will also be given the very real experience of staying on board HMS Bristol for the duration of their stay allowing for them to find out just what life is like as a nuclear marine engineer.
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 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 the courses students will gain experience of university and working life 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.
Notes to editors:
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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