EngineeringUK

Media release - 4/2/2009

Listing from the British Science Association: National Science and Engineering Week: 6-15 March 2009

Listing from the British Science Association
Events/Exhibitions/Children/Families Listings Information
National Science and Engineering Week: 6-15 March 2009

A huge range of events will be taking place around the UK for National Science and Engineering Week; in schools, science centres, universities and even on the street. See www.nsew.org.uk for further information, including “Challenge Pack” activity packs for children, information on mass participation engineering activities like ‘Brunel is Back!’ and other hands on engineering such as ‘Supersonic FM’ and the House of Commons wind turbine challenge with The Smallpeice Trust and the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) as well as information on The Big Bang- The UK’s first Young Scientists and Engineers Fair leading up to National Science and Engineering Week,.

National Science and Engineering Week is coordinated by the British Science Association in partnership with the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) and funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

For further information please contact:
Laura Marsh, PR and Communications Manager EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0444 or (m) 07887 943 017

Notes for editors
About National Science and Engineering Week (6-15 March 2009)
• Theme for 2009 is ‘Change’. This fits with Darwin200 and the International Year of Astronomy, both happening in 2009.
• Events are organised throughout the UK by a large and varied range of organisations and individuals, including hospitals, schools, industry and museums. Venues range from shopping centres to pubs and churches.
• Aimed at everyone from children and adults, to decision-makers and investors and is intended to:
o engage and inspire people of all ages with science, technology and engineering and their implications, o promote discussion and understanding of what science, engineering and technology can and cannot achieve, o promote knowledge of the scientific method, i.e. how scientists go about their work and reach their conclusions, o promote science, engineering and technology studies beyond the age of 16, and science, engineering and technology as career options.

• Takes science and engineering to the public rather than waiting for the public to find science. The week draws many scientists into the public domain to discuss their work with interested audiences.
• For more information visit www.nsew.org.uk.
• 2008 Vital Statistics:
o An estimated 3,500 events; from hands-on activities to discussions, tours and online activities
o 1.4 million participants

 About the British Science Association
The British Science Association is the UK's nationwide, open membership organisation that exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering. Established in 1831, the British Science Association organises major initiatives across the UK, including National Science and Engineering Week, the annual British Science Festival, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges. For more information please visit www.britishscienceassociation.org.

 About The Smallpeice Trust
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. The Smallpeice Trust was founded in 1966 by Dr Cosby Smallpeice, a pioneering engineer and inventor of the Smallpeice Lathe. Following the stock market flotation of his company Martonair, Dr Smallpeice invested his energy and part of his personal fortune to set up the Trust to ensure that British industry could continuously benefit from his proven design and engineering philosophies: “Simplicity in design, economy in production.” All courses are affiliated to the Royal Academy of Engineering Best Programme and are approved by the Learning Grid quality standard which provides independent assurance that a particular activity will be fit for its stated purpose and offers a benchmark that the activity meets the needs of industry, teachers and individual participants. This year, The Smallpeice Trust will reach out to over 12,000 young people through over 30 different subsidised 4-day residential courses and 1-day in-school curriculum enrichment activities, offering training in all aspects of Engineering.

For more information about The Smallpeice Trust and the training they provide, please visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk