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Harper Adams host young engineers on a discovery of robotics

From 2nd – 4th April, almost sixty young engineering students ranging from age 13 up to 17, benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at Harper Adams University. Two, three-day residential programmes were organised by The Smallpeice Trust to provide students with the opportunity to learn about engineering through a series of technical lectures and… Read more »

A day in the life…

Working in an office-based role, I don’t get out as much as I’d like to (story of my life with a 2-year-old). So, I jump at the chance to attend any events I get invited to *hint hint* or anywhere I know my help will be welcome and I can contribute. It’s essential in marketing… Read more »

Big Bang!

I love the Big Bang Fair. You never know what delights you’re going to find but you know you’re never going to be disappointed. I’m not that old (honest) but when you see the technology of today compared to when I was at school, I honestly feel like I must have been born in the… Read more »

Femmes Fortes

So, we’ve had International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (21st February) and next month sees us celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th March. For this reason, I feel it only fitting (not that I need an excuse), to acknowledge some of the amazing women… Read more »

Innovation meets Education

The world is developing at one heck of a rate so it’s important for those in our arena (STEM and the like) to develop too. We at Smallpeice like to stay ahead of the curve and are always looking for opportunities to learn and share. The BETT Show is one of the biggest education and… Read more »

ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY CASE STUDY –  THE SMALLPEICE TRUST

ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY CASE STUDY –  THE SMALLPEICE TRUST Purpose of event: The Smallpeice Trust and Royal Holloway University work together to inspire and support young students’ ambition in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  They regularly run courses for students aged between 12 and 17 on a variety of STEM subjects. In July 2018,… Read more »

Scholarships are go!

Scholarships are go! As you may or may not know, an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK. It was created to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession. The Scholarships are awarded to high-calibre 16-year-old students through a rigorous… Read more »

New Years STEMolution!

Word on the street is that we’ve officially launched our Think Kits! Now I’m sure you’ll have heard all about them but let me give you a bit more detail. The clue’s in the name really, it’s a kit…that requires a bit of thought to put together! The kits are designed with Year 8 and… Read more »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not that time! Course launch time of course. The time of the year when we’re scurrying about trying to prepare as many courses as possible for you and your lovely students to enjoy. We’re excited to have launched a good solid handful of awesome inspiring exciting… Read more »

A WISE man once said…

Well, it’s been one emotional roller coaster of a month! Launching a timetable of super lit courses is one thing but having our CEO be nominated for an award and having to wait for results is another! Dr Kevin Stenson, CEO Smallpeice Trust (incorporating Arkwright Engineering Scholarships), recently attended the prestigious WISE awards. These awards… Read more »

Southern Water STEM Day

Southern Water chief executive Ian McAulay shared his passion for engineering with more than 130 Year 9 pupils (age 13/14) who took part in a day of challenges at Chatsmore Catholic High School, Goring Street, Worthing, on 18 October. The pupils were taking part in a day of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) projects… Read more »

Celebrating Ada…

A couple of weeks ago (9th October to be exact) we celebrated Ada Lovelace Day, so it only feels right we should give a shout out to the fascinating character and infamous mathematician that is Ada. Ada Lovelace Day was founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson and was created to recognise the achievements of women… Read more »

Finding STEM in October

You know once October hits. There’s a nip in the air, the nights (and mornings) are dark, the leaves are crunchy and brown and there’s a smattering of pumpkins all around. There’s also a faint reminder that bonfire night will soon be upon us and all of the excitement that brings. I for one love… Read more »

2018, in a nutshell!

2018, in a nutshell! What an awesome, amazing, adventurous and fantabulous year it’s been! It’s been busy, exciting, chaotic and crazy but we’ve done it and we’ve loved every second! We’ve had the pleasure of delivering 438 STEM days in schools and locations across the UK and have reached a staggering 28,054 students in doing… Read more »

WISE Man of the Year nomination!

WISE Man of the Year nomination! It’s always nice to gain a little recognition for the things that you invest your time and effort in, and work so hard to do. It’s even more awesome when people external to your organisation recognise it too!  Here at the Trust we are enjoying sharing our Chief Exec,… Read more »

Something exciting is flying this way…

Summer may be almost over but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop having fun. Quite the opposite, actually! New school year, new classes, new subjects and maybe even new schools and colleges. Whatever it is you’re beginning, enjoy! Here at Smallpeice, we’re almost ready to share with you our new and improved Powered Glider… Read more »

The Summer of STEM

Now they do say a picture tells a thousand words, and if I was writing about all our courses it may take a lot more than that! So instead, here’s a handful of candid photos to show just a tiny snippet of some of the Smallpeice fun we’ve been stirring up this summer! When they… Read more »

Hertfordshire University host future engineers!

From 24th – 26th July, University of Hertfordshire played host to one hundred A Level Maths students, determined to become the engineers of the future. Fifty of the Year 12 students attended the Civil Engineering residential course and the other fifty took part in a Motorsports Engineering course. All students, aged 16 and 17, worked… Read more »

Girls succeed in STEM at Warwick University

Eighty girls aged 13, from schools across the UK, benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at the University of Warwick on the Girls into Engineering residential course. The course was generously supported by The ERA Foundation, GE and Leonardo. We are also most grateful to Jaguar Land Rover, Transport for London, University of Warwick and… Read more »

St Illtyd’s SMART STEM Day!

28 Year 9 pupils recently took part in a STEM Day at our school. The day was funded and facilitated by the Smallpeice Trust. The idea behind the day was to raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and maths and how these subjects can be applied to the real world. Pupils were divided into teams… Read more »

Celebrating Women on International Women in Engineering Day 2018

Following on from International Women in Engineering Day (23rd June), it feels only right to talk about some of the great things we do to support women in engineering, and some of the fabulous females we get to work with. We all know that we need more females in STEM and we’re here to try… Read more »

Future engineers float ideas at state-of-the-art manufacturing centre

Young engineers design their futures at world-class technology centre Forty future engineers attended the Design, Programming and Robotics Smallpeice Trust residential course, sponsored by The Manufacturing Technology Centre (The MTC) and supported by SolidWorks®. The engineering experience took place at The MTC in Coventry, from 2nd – 5th July 2018.  All students, aged 16 and… Read more »

RAF inspires 100 Manchester Students at Old Trafford

Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Manchester United Foundation, to give 100 students from Manchester, the opportunity to participate in a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Old Trafford ground. As part of this initiative, students selected by The Manchester United… Read more »

Welsh students soar with RAF STEM Challenge

Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with the Royal Air Force (RAF), to give 300 students from schools in Wales, the opportunity to participate in free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) days in secondary schools. As part of this initiative, 120 students from Ysgol Clywedog School in Wrexham, put their practical… Read more »

An Eggcellent Adventure for primary school students!

Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with one of the world’s largest utility companies, National Grid, to give primary schools within Kent the opportunity to participate in free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) days in schools. Forty-five students from Ash, Cartwright and Kelsey Church of England primary school benefitted from this… Read more »