8th July 2024

Smallpeice Trust Announces Engineering Experience Northern Ireland Course in Partnership with Thales in the UK

The Engineering Experience courses are designed for aspiring engineers in Years 8 and 9, offering them a unique opportunity to explore the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on activities, team projects, and expert-led workshops. Engineering Experience Northern Ireland will delve into three modules, including cyber security, electrical, and space engineering. During the course, students will learn more about cyphers and encryption, design and build radios and build robots using LEGO® Mindstorms. This immersive experience aims to ignite a passion for engineering and provide students with an introduction to the unique pathways that they can take in their future endeavours.

Thales' partnership with The Smallpeice Trust underscores a shared commitment to nurturing the next generation of engineers and innovators. Thales brings its extensive industry knowledge to the course, ensuring students receive a comprehensive and inspiring experience.

Helen Cuthill, Chief Executive Officer of The Smallpeice Trust expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership: "We are delighted to join forces with Thales for the Engineering Experience Northern Ireland Course. This partnership combines our educational expertise with Thales' industry leadership, providing students with a truly exceptional opportunity to explore engineering in a dynamic and engaging environment."

Kirsti Godson, Head of Social Impact at Thales UK, added: "Thales is proud to partner with the Smallpeice Trust to deliver an enriching engineering residential program at Queen’s University. This initiative emphasises our commitment to fostering innovation and inspiring the next generation of engineers by providing hands-on experience and invaluable insights into the world of engineering. Together, we aim to empower students with the skills and confidence needed to shape the future."

Participants will stay in university accommodation for the duration of the course and will engage in evening social activities. For more information about the Engineering Experience Northern Ireland course, click here


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