Pupils enjoy Electronics Experience
From 14th to 17th April, 60 students from across the UK enjoyed a unique learning experience at Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire.
The 4-day residential course began with an introduction to analogue and digital electronics, with practical activities. This was followed by a solder and keep workshop and presentations on electronic and electrical engineering, where students were able to learn more about career prospects within the industry.
A design and make challenge formed part of the course allowing the pupils to explore new ideas with guidance from experienced professionals from industry. Final testing of the projects took place on the last day. As well as working on the projects, students developed life skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, time management and social interaction.
The main objective was to inspire and encourage young students to consider a career in electronics. The content had both practical and theoretical elements. Innovative thinking, presentation skills and planning were an integral part of the course – key skills that students don’t often get chance to explore fully in their school environment.
Spokesperson Claire Ford from the Trust commented, “This 4-day experience is designed to give students an opportunity to take a hands-on approach at learning the skills of an electronic engineer. By demonstrating how exciting and rewarding the world of engineering can be, we hope to play a part in ensuring the stream of talent considering a career in the industry keeps coming.”
The Electronic Engineering course is run by the independent charity, the Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of subsidised residential courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.
Founded by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, the Trust has grown tremendously over the past 43 years, helping thousands of young people find a successful career in a multitude of disciplines within the industry from marine technology, naval architecture, and power engineering, to engineering materials, sustainable energy, and technical textiles. Over the last year, over 15,000 students have attended a Smallpeice Trust activity.
The programme is predominantly delivered through 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 available to suit school timetables. These are supported by leading industry, educational and professional bodies that help promote, develop and successfully deliver the activities.
Students or teachers wishing to find out further information please visit the website www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk, or telephone the Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.