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Competition Time

In partnership with The Smallpeice Trust we’re offering UK IGGY members in years 10,11 and 12 the chance to win a place on a residential course. The Smallpeice Trust are giving away 3 places on the following residential courses worth up to £345 each; Rail Solutions Engineering at Birmingham University, Biomaterials at Loughborough University and Marine Technology, University of Strathclyde.

Test your knowledge in our quiz for your chance to win a place!

The Smallpeice Trust is a charity aimed at inspiring and encouraging young people into careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers. For almost 50 years, they’ve been giving young people everything they need to fuel their passion for engineering, helping to make their big ideas a reality with the help of parents, teachers, universities and corporate partners. Take a look at where it all began, where they’re going, and everything in between.


The Prize

Year 10, Marine Technology, University of Strathclyde, 24th – 27th July 2017

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Go even deeper into the underwater world of marine technology and explore the challenges faced by professionals working in the field every day. Proudly sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde.

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Year 11, Rail Solutions Engineering, Birmingham University, 17th – 20th July 2017

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The railways offer many exciting and rewarding careers, but most students don’t know these exist. The course is intended to “shine a light” on these opportunities, and encourage you to explore what the railways have to offer. You’ll learn about the challenges that face the UK’s rail network, as well the specific technologies including: railway crashworthiness, aerodynamics, instrumentation, robotics and automatic train control.

The course will focus mainly on a range of engineering topics, but also includes elements of instrumentation and computing programming. There is ample opportunity for creative thinking, as well as the chance to develop your practical skills using hand and power tools, and your communication skills to develop marketing material and man a stand at a mini trade show. You will also be able to develop your team working and project management skills. With this course you will make your CV stand out from the crowd, and get on the fast track with a career in railway engineering.

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Year 12, Biomaterials, Loughborough University, 10th – 13th July 2017

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Nature is possibly the best ever materials scientist, being able to produce a large variety of (bio)materials that can satisfy the most diverse applications. However, mankind is still far from making full use of nature’s potential in terms of biodegradable and biocompatible compounds. Improving our understanding of how natural materials work is opening the way to new technologies/applications and enhancing our quality of life.

Some of humanity’s biggest advances and future challenges are dependent on materials and the work of scientists and engineers. One global challenge is our increasing need for sustainable materials.

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Competition now closed


Terms and conditions

  • One entry per member
  • Competition open to UK IGGY members only who are in years 10, 11 or 12
  • Deadline is Monday 3rd April 2017 
  • Winners will be offered a place on one of the 3 courses described, relevant to their year group
  • Entrants who gain the highest scores in the quiz will be put through to a prize draw
  • Winner will be expected to complete the relevant paperwork and send this to the Smallpeice Trust following confirmation of their prize
  • Winners will receive free attendance on the course provided to them, this includes all meals and accommodation for the duration of the course
  • Winners will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the course venue
  • IGGY will not be in attendance at any Smallpeice Trust course. Smallpeice Trust staff are fully DBS checked
  • Prizes are not transferable. Winners unable to attend the course date will not receive an alternative prize
  • All winners will be asked to write a short account of their experience (500 – 600 words) on the course that they attend as part of their prize, and one of the winners will be published in The Smallpeice Trust Smalltalk Magazine (we will also require a high res photo of you for the magazine)
  • The decision of the IGGY team is final