BT Dragons to Put Budding Young Engineers through their Paces!

Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust is seeking forty teenagers to apply for its new three-day Entrepreneurial Engineering course taking place in Ipswich this summer. The residential course provides year 11 and 12 (age 15-17) students with an exciting introduction into how technical innovations can be produced, marketed and sold in the real world. The ideas will be judged by a team of expert ‘dragons’ from sponsor, BT.

The course covers everything students need to know about starting their own flourishing enterprise, including technical, financial and marketing advice. Students will investigate the use of Software Development Kits (SDKs) to build solutions from a kit of readily available parts. They will learn how to adopt the right commercial model for their business – an important ingredient for making money – and how to change it as new competitors enter the market.

Phil Lennard, director of education outreach at BT said: “At BT we are keen to ensure we play our part in developing high potential young people in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics arena. We find that events like this encourage young people to design imaginative technology solutions to everyday problems and produce some quite remarkable results. This helps BT to remain close to what young people are doing and thinking and also means they are more likely to look upon BT as a potential future employer”

Spokesperson for The Smallpeice Trust, Gemma Murphy commented “We are delighted to be teaming up with BT to run this summer school course. We seek to encourage more young people to do great things using engineering and help turn creative ideas to reality.”

The course runs from 26th to 28th July and costs £175 per student including full board, all course materials and social activities. Any student with an interest in Science, Maths, Design, Technology or Engineering can apply. Application forms can be accessed from www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk or by telephoning 01926 333200. Interested students are advised to apply early, as applications will be reviewed and places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

All Smallpeice courses are designed to improve core skills such as team building, communication and problem solving and are also linked to the National Curriculum. By attending one of our courses students will gain experience of university life and industry that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.