Students from across the UK have attended a residential course to learn more about low-carbon energy sources.
Sponsored by global energy services company Senergy, the course ran from 23 to 26 July and enabled the 15- and 16-year-old students to spend time learning about new, renewable energy sources such as tidal, wave and wind energy, through a series of presentations and practical exercises.
The course was hosted by The School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University as they are involved in conducting world-class research in renewable energy sources, particularly focusing on marine sources.
Using research facilities to conduct their experiments, students were able to study differences between the power sources while learning about the engineering challenges involved in capturing, distributing and storing energy from the environment.
They then competed in teams to design and make the most effective and innovative energy capturing devices. Throughout the course students also attended lectures and presentations delivered by engineers and scientists which explored the future of low-carbon energy.
The Low Carbon Energy course is run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of subsidised residential courses to help young people aged 13 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 18,175 students across the UK in the past year.
The new course timetable for 2013 will be launched in the Autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more, visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk, or telephone The Smallpeice Trust on 01926 333200.
The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charitable trust which promotes engineering as a career, primarily through the provision of residential courses for young people aged 13 to 18.