Aspiring Engineer Gets a Smallpiece of the Action
Upper Sixth Arkwright Scholar, Tom was given a rare insight into the exciting and dynamic field of nanotechnology during a four-day residential course at the University of Leeds.
The course, organised by educational charity The Smallpeice Trust, included hands-on experiments using the university’s specialised equipment, visits to the Faculty of Engineering’s clean rooms and a chance to learn about the fascinating work carried out by internationally recognised engineers and scientists.
Tom also took part in a ‘nanotechnology challenge’, in which groups were tasked with formulating their own proposals on how nanotechnology could be best used in society, during which Tom’s group recommended to the university a method of curing cancer using proteins and nanoparticles.
Tom, who attended the course part of the scholarship he was awarded by the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it greatly increased my knowledge and interest in both engineering and nanotechnology.”
Dr Kerry Baker, Education Liaison Officer for Engineering at the Univeristy of Leeds commented: “These young people may be our engineers of the future and it has been a wonderful opportunity for us to nurture their interest in the field while they were here.”
The Smallpeice Trust organised the course 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.