Educational charity seeks students to attend Materials for Energy course


Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has recently launched a new course timetable for 2014 and is seeking hundreds of 12 to 17 year old students to sample its engineering taster courses. Any student can apply to attend a wide range of subsidised residential courses, which take place at universities nationwide. Subjects include 3D printing technology, aerospace engineering, electronics with cyber security, nuclear engineering, renewable energy 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.

From 7 to 10 July 2014, Loughborough University will be sponsoring and hosting a Materials for Energy residential course for forty students, aged 15 to 17 (Years 11 and 12). This course encourages students to think about the global energy situation, while demonstrating how some of mankind’s biggest advances and future challenges are dependent on materials and the work of scientists and engineers.

Students will participate in a series of masterclasses and lab work, where they will learn about the work of materials scientists and engineers as they try to meet global energy demand whilst reducing carbon emissions. Students will also take part in a series of fascinating lectures and discussions, as well as an ‘Energy Materials’ team challenge, involving research, discussion and plenty of creativity.

This course also involves a visit to a major industrial partner to see materials in action and to provide students with a ‘real-life’ insight into careers in the sector.

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 an experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.

The Materials for Energy course costs £275 for four days full board and includes all course materials and supervised social activities. Courses details and application forms can be accessed from the website. Interested students are advised to apply early as applications are reviewed and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.