From 21st to 23rd March, four Year 9 pupils from Woodchurch High School attended a specially designed Engineering Experience residential course, which took place at the University of Nottingham. The Smallpeice Trust runs courses to encourage young people to consider Engineering as a possible career in the future.
Over the three days, the sixty 12-14 year olds from across the UK and abroad had the opportunity to learn about Engineering through a series of presentations and practical exercises. Working in teams, they tackled ‘real-life’ challenges on projects designed and facilitated by young engineers from industry. These organisations included Rolls Royce, FirstGroup Rail and Cyber Security Challenge UK. Projects included designing and building a glider based on engineering principles, an electric train that could run independently on a model track and learning how to hack in an ethical way. As well as working on the design, build and test elements of the projects, they developed life skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, time management, finance and presentation.
All four pupils worked incredibly well within their respective teams and gained a lot of engineering knowledge that will help them with their GCSE qualification and beyond. Pupils were able to find out about university life and experience it throughout the residential at a university campus as well as staying in Halls of Residence.
Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, the Smallpeice Trust has grown tremendously over the last 50 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of disciplines within the industry from engineering materials, marine technology and naval architecture to mobile communications, nuclear engineering, railway engineering and structural engineering.
For further information about The Smallpeice Trust visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk