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Arkwright Engineering Scholars Blown Away by Energy Challenge!

 From 7th to 9th June, Stamford School student Thomas Lane, benefitted from a unique opportunity to explore the practical world of electromechanical engineering.

The Arkwright Energy Challenge, run in partnership between educational charity The Smallpeice Trust, The Arkwright Scholarships Trust and Cardiff University’s School of Engineering was a specially designed residential course open to Arkwright Engineering Scholars only, whom The Arkwright Scholarships Trust had identified and nurtured through their prestigious scholarships scheme for high-calibre students aged 16 to 18 (Years 12 and 13).

Sponsored by The Institution for Engineering and Technology and hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, this course offered twenty-four students a valuable insight into the principles, systems and technologies that constitute the expanding world of electromechanical engineering.

Over the three days, students were challenged to design, make and test different systems that either generate, use or control energy. Whilst the theory of the designs was presented, students only attended practical laboratories. This was to develop their understanding and knowledge of the subject through the application of science, engineering and mathematics to solving a problem rather than attending lectures to only discuss the theory.

Steve Watts, Deputy Head of the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Discipline at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University, commented, “Developing the next generation of engineers is a worthy exercise. Without this next generation fully understanding what the Grand Challenges facing todays and tomorrows society are then how would we expect them to be solved, and they do need solving! Such activity as this Arkwright Summer School allows these students to make informed decisions about going to university and about what is contained under the degree titles on offer.”

Dr. Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of The Arkwright Scholarships Trust, said: “This exciting course is an example of how educational organizations can work together to maximize the benefits to high-potential young people.  I wish to thank the IET, The Smallpeice Trust and Cardiff University for facilitating this fantastic learning opportunity for Arkwright Engineering Scholars.”

Dr. Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust, added: “We are delighted that our colleagues at Cardiff University and the IET have made it possible for The Arkwright Scholarships Trust and Smallpeice to give the scholars this unique insight into the application of electromechanical engineering within the energy sector. I feel as potential future engineering leaders this course has really stretched these brilliant young people.”

The Arkwright Energy Challenge course is organised by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, and is part of an on-going programme of residential courses to help young people aged 12 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 17,495 students across the UK in the past year.