The Smallpeice Trust is an independent educational charity that runs hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) 3-5 day residential courses held at universities to give students the opportunity to find out about specific areas of engineering, eg nuclear engineering and get a taste of what life after the classroom would look like.
Over the past ten years NNL has worked closely with Smallpeice Trust to help deliver the residential courses relevant to the nuclear industry. A key component of the course is a ‘design and make’ project in which students are placed in small groups and given roles as part of an engineering team. The students work to solve a real problem, such as how to clean out a fuel storage pond which contains radioactive sludge. Following an initial design and development phase the teams take their idea to a ‘dragons’ den’ style panel to gain funds to buy building materials which they then use to realise and demonstrate the effectiveness of their design in a simulated pond setting. NNL has developed a number of such “design and make” projects which we now deliver to residential courses across the UK of varying age ranges.
Supporting the Smallpeice Trust courses is one way in which our employees get involved with our Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Each course requires a team of 4 or 5 volunteers from within NNL to deliver the design and make projects as well as people to give talks about their specialist areas.
If you are interested in registering for one of these courses, please visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk for information on how to do so.
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