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Educational Charity Seeks Students

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Smallpeice Trust is looking for over 1,500 13-17 year old students to attend heavily subsidised (by around 75%), residential courses in more than 30 subjects including Aerospace technology, Biomedical engineering, Marine technology, Mining & minerals, Motorsport engineering, Robotics, Nanotechnology and Supercomputing. These short courses all challenge the misconception that engineering is ‘dry’ and ‘boring’, providing a fun foundation for learning whilst proving that engineering is in fact evident in virtually every aspect of daily life – even the design of water slides and roller coasters!
Two courses will take place during the summer on Mining and minerals. The first will take place at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus from 20 – 24 July 2008 and the second at the University of Leeds from 28 – 31 July 2008. Sponsored by two of the world’s largest mining companies, Anglo American and Rio Tinto, these residential courses for 15-17 year old students gives them the opportunity to discover how the fortunes of mining underpin so much of modern life and how the technology is used to limit the impact of mining activity on the environment.
During the course students will have the opportunity to use the latest computerised techniques and equipment to survey minerals. They will gain hands-on experience of handling minerals, learning how they are refined and processed and using the latest technology. They will meet and talk to young engineers who are working in this exciting field, giving them a greater understanding of the wide range of career prospects that can be explored. Both courses include a visit to a local quarry, and the course at Exeter also includes a day at the underground facilities at The Camborne School of Mines and a trip to the Eden Project’s new education centre.
All Smallpeice courses are designed to improve core skills including team building, communication, time management and problem solving, whilst giving students an idea of what university life might be like. There is a fully supervised programme of evening-based social activities ranging from go-karting, laser quest and bowling. The final evening usually culminates in a formal dinner and disco to celebrate the achievements of the course before saying goodbye to new friends the following day.
The Mining and minerals courses cost just £25 for full board, all course materials and social activities. Application forms can be accessed from the website www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, the Trust has grown tremendously over the past 40 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of engineering and technical roles within industry. Over the last 12 months, 8019 students have attended a Smallpeice activity. Their programme is predominantly delivered through highly subsidised four-day residential training courses designed to stimulate interest in engineering, while providing work-related learning through live projects with engineers from a variety of industries. Introductory one-day in-school curriculum enrichment activities are also undertaken to suit school timetables. This educational activity is supported by leading industry, educational and professional bodies that help promote, develop and successfully deliver the programme. The Smallpeice Trust also fosters the development of their students through social activities and learning to work as part of a team.
For further information visit: www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk

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